“Given the significance of the bill and the required public participation process, it has since become apparent parliament will not be in a position to pass an amendment to the Electoral Act before the June deadline,” said parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo.
According to Mothapo, the bill was introduced to the national assembly on January 10 and left parliament with five months to process the bill, which has a lot of public significance and interest.
“Accordingly, the presiding officers of parliament approached the apex court to seek an extension to enable parliament to properly deliberate on the bill and ensure citizens across the country are afforded an opportunity to meaningfully participate and share their views on the Electoral Amendment Bill,” Mothapo said.
He said the bill is amending the electoral system and therefore its enactment involves complex policy issues which impact all adult citizens., adding that other laws may need to be amended.
Mothapo said parliament has undertaken actions to facilitate the process since the court’s judgment.
“These include meetings between the committees, minister and Electoral Commission immediately after the court handed down the judgment to map out the road ahead.”
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