SOUTH AFRICANS IN DIASPORA TO VOTE


South Africans living abroad should be allowed to vote, according to a ruling by Pretoria High Court. The decision could mean a delay to elections, due in April or May, to allow time for the law to be changed. The court found current laws breached the rights of South Africans living abroad and referred the judgment to the Constitutional Court for confirmation. The electoral commission was ordered to change its procedures to let South Africans living abroad to vote. The Afrikaner nationalist Freedom Front Plus party had brought the legal application on behalf of a South African school teacher living in the UK. Speaking outside the court, party spokesman Willie Spies told Sapa news agency it was still possible the Constitutional Court, the country’s highest court, could overrule the judgment. The party said it was filing an application for the proclamation of election day to be postponed to allow the Constitutional Court ample time to consider the matter. The date for the elections was expected this week. 

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