The Democratic Alliance (DA) has written to the Electoral Commission alleging that election posters erected by the EFF, Cape Party and Good do not comply with the electoral law and wants the posters replaced.
In a later of complaint sent to the EFF, Cape Party and Good by the the IEC on behalf of the DA, the DA alleges that,
the lamp-pole posters that you have erected in the Western Cape are not compliant with Section 107 of the Act, that your posters do not display the name and address of the printer and publishers of the posters, as required in terms of the Act.
Here’s how the affected parties reacted.
Clearly the DA is feeling threatened by the competitive campaign. I guess the fact the we erected such great posters so quickly surprised them. Well, I have news for them – we have more great posters coming.
We have informed the IEC that we will rectify the oversight – by pasting a small sticker on each poster which complies with the regulations. The sticker says the posters are issued and printed by GOOD.
Brett Herron, Good Party Secretary General
Jack Miller, leader of the Cape Party called the DA’s complaint a “pathetic legal matter” and accused the DA of trying to ‘silence opposition voices’. He want on to say,
We believe the DA has launched this attack against the Cape Party because they fear that the people of the Western Cape are resonating with our message of an independent Cape. We are winning over the support of former DA voters, and so we are a threat to their dictatorship. They want us gone.
We believe that we comply with the regulations and, what is even more embarrassing for the DA is that our research suggests that they are guilty of breaking the very same law they claim against us. We have not seen any printer details on their posters.
EFF general secretary Godrich Gardee said he had spoken to DA federal council chairperson James Selfe, who was “not aware of the complaint”, adding that “the probability is that the complaint was written by an excited junior typist”.