Parliament approached the court in April requesting an extension of the deadline to finalise work on the bill. This has raised fears in some quarters that the delay in finalising the bill may affect preparations for the elections and could force them to be held outside the constitutionally stipulated five-year interval.
“It’s unfortunate that there is a narrative out there which is that this is likely to delay or threaten the elections in SA. It doesn’t threaten the elections in any way,” said Mapisa-Nqakula on Thursday.
“Everything is being done to make sure the process is finalised by the end of the year.”
She called on MPs and other politicians not to mislead their constituencies by saying the elections are threatened. “We are not in any way threatened, a lot of things have been done. It’s just small, minor issues which need to be sorted out.”
Parliament had requested an extension of six months and according to its legal team the legislature is aiming to finalise “the whole thing” by November 6 before sending it to President Cyril Ramaphosa to sign.
“All that has been requested is that the Constitutional Court should give us an extension of six months because we believe by that time the entire process shall have been completed,” said Mapisa-Nqakula.