BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK as ACTING NATIONAL SECRETARY
While the UDM is in favour of voting rights for South African citizens who are abroad at the time of the election, we do not condone the manner in which some other parties are handling their concerns about the electoral process.
These parties have had ample opportunity in Parliament to address the shortcomings of the Electoral Act. By not taking that opportunity, they have neglected their parliamentary duty, and now they are again threatening the election date. For South Africa to become a working democracy, disputes between opposing political parties must be settled on the floor of Parliament and not in a court of law. If these parties believe that their actions will convince voters of their commitment to democracy, they are seriously mistaken.
The UDM proposes that this issue should be negotiated in the National Liaison Committee, which was established by the IEC specifically to handle such problems.
Ms Annelizé van Wyk
Acting National Secretary
09 April 1999