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Secret Ballot vote: Mbete appeals to political parties to give her space

National Assembly, Cape Town

Secret Ballot or Not? The Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete warns political parties against pressurizing her Office on the Secret Ballot vote matter..

The Speaker has appealed to all political parties represented in parliament to afford her Office the necessary space to make an appropriate decision on regarding the voting procedure to be followed when the Motion of No Confidence in the President of the Republic is debated on 8 August 2017.

Baleka Mbete was responding to the Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance regarding his demand for a decision on the appropriate voting procedure in the Motion of No Confidence in the President to be made before Friday the 21 July 2017.

The Speaker has reiterated that a decision on which voting procedure will be followed regarding the Motion will be made and communicated to parties at the earliest opportunity, before the scheduled debate on 8 August 2017.

Whereas the Constitutional Court found that the Speaker has the discretion to determine a voting procedure in a Motion of no Confidence, that decision must take into account various factors and circumstances, including that such a decision must be rational and not be made arbitrarily.

In this respect, while the Court did not prescribe a specific time frame within which such a decision must be made, due regard must, as stated by the Court, be given to the circumstances prevalent in a particular case to ensure that the test of rationality is met. The circumstances in the case in question require careful consideration.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has threatened to take the speaker of parliament to court if she refuse to decide on Secret Ballot…

According to reports the party has already prepared legal papers to interdict Mbete should she refuse to allow a secret ballot for the Motion of No Confidence against President Jacob Zuma who is accused of mismanaging state resources..

The party leader Julius Malema said he is sure of more than 60 MPs of the African National Congress who are willing to vote in support of the motion if the secret ballot is granted.

President Zuma already survived more than five motions of No confidence by the very same parliament…