16 April 2008
Call-off elections - NNLC
By Weekend Observer Reporter
The Ngwane National Liberatory Congress (NNLC) yesterday morning petitioned the Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Prince David to call off the National Elections and open a dialogue with them and other stakeholders on the elections.
The Dr. Alvit Themba Dlamini- led political organisation submitted its petition to Justice and Constitutional Affairs Principal Secretary Sicelo Dlamini, who promised to pass it over to the minister.
In its petition copied to the Head of State, the Prime Minister, the Elections and Boundaries Commission, Parliament, Diplomatic representatives and international bodies, both regionally and continental, claims that the constitution has political challenges, which are yet to be resolved by the courts.
The NNLC claims that Chapter III section 24 and 25 of the Constitution contains a bill of rights protecting freedoms such as expression and association while, on the other hand, section 79 provides for a Tinkhundla - based political system on individual merit. They say this is contradictory and it is for that reason that they are calling government to negotiations.
They further allege that the Elections and Boundaries Commission has already showed that it will not be impartial and is determined to retain the status quo. The NNLC says to establish a democratic kingdom, political transformation must take place and the resistance to change only means that change shall force change on you.
They want to contest the coming elections as a political party, contesting with other political formations like Inhlava Forum, Sive Siyinqaba National Movement, Imbokodvo National Movement and PUDEMO.
They state that if the elections are not contested under a multi party system, they will not participate in the process.