The Independent Electoral Commission poured in on reports that the People’s Assembly (KOP) has been deregistered as a political party ahead of the 2024 elections.
Speaking to Sweetan, IEC’Party spokeswoman Kate Babila said the party was still registered with the Electoral Commission.
“I am not sure where the rumors come from, but as far as the Electoral Commission is concerned, KOP is still a registered political party and has not been deregistered by the Electoral Commission,” she said.
Explaining the confusion, Kop Tshwane regional spokesperson Mpho Bruno said there has been a delay in party re-registration processes, however, the party is still registered with the Independent Electoral Commission for the 2024 elections.
We’ve seen the fake news and it’s getting attention. We will release a statement later today, however, and I can confirm that Cope has successfully re-registered with the IEC after a delay of a few months ago.
He explained to Sowetan while the party was partially de-registered with the CIPC (Corporate and Intellectual Property Commission) but we managed to re-register and I think this is where the confusion comes in. He said the rumors were intended to discredit the party.
“It is fake news. We will issue a statement. The party is a great threat and is under attack,” she said.
Last month, the former deputy chairman of the party Willie Madisha was the last member to be ousted From the party after the factional wars. Makobili earlier told Sowetan that more members are expected to be expelled from the party before the 2024 elections.