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All parties agree they want elections to go ahead

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has filed an urgent application for leave to appeal the electoral court's decision compelling IEC to furnish political parties with addresses of all registered voters on the voters roll.

And the question is could it delay the municipal elections scheduled for 3 August 2016?

EWN's Gia Nicolaides was in court late into the evening and talks to John Robbie about how things turned out.

It went on for about 9 hours, late into the evening. And it was because we had to hear from so many legal teams.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

All these big political heavyweights giving political arguments as to why the IEC didn't do what it should have done in terms of recording those addresses.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

And of course we had Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng who was at pains the whole day to try and get these parties to actually agree so that the election in August can go ahead.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

She says based on arguments given yesterday, all the legal teams have agreed that they do want the elections to go ahead. But, she says, they are not agreeing on what should happen between now and then.

The judges noted that legislation as it stands states that anyone on the Voter's Roll with no address is flawed, and therefore illegal. But the IEC argued this is not the case and it does not mean the person was irregularly registered in the first place.

The IEC said they were only obliged to provide the addresses that they already had in its possession.

They believe they will then be able to go back between now and 2019 to verify those addresses of about 18 million voters, but it will take time.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

The court has reserved judgement and the Chief Justice said he hopes parties can find a resolution. Nicholaides says it is unclear when judgement will be given.

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