The National Council of Provinces has passed the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill, amid strong opposition from the Democratic Alliance. The Bill seeks to prevent the possibility of the election being challenged in court on the basis of the absence of addresses on the common voter’s roll. This is to ensure voters whose addresses are not yet on the roll are able to cast their ballots and to prevent public funds from being used for political campaigns, among other things. The DA’s Chris Hattingh says if passed as it is, the Bill will deny thousands of South Africans abroad their right to vote, while the NCOP Chairperson Thandi Modise rejected his objection as being procedurally and constitutionally out of order.
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