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ATM is going to challenge open voting decision

The African transformation movement (ATM) is seeking a ban on an open vote regarding his motion of distrust against President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The ATM has rejected the decision of National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula not to allow a secret ballot when voting later this month.

The party has confirmed that it will approach the Western Cape Supreme Court.

†[Yes], it is true that our lawyers are busy with the papers. A statement will be released shortly,” says ATM spokesman Sibusiso Mncwabe The The Vanir-exodus on Thursday afternoon.

The lawsuit comes after Mapisa-Nqakula set a date for the debate and voting process of the motion earlier today.

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During the National Assembly Programming Committee During the meeting, Mapisa-Nqakula told MPs that the voting process would take place through an open vote on March 30.

Despite opposition concerns, the chairman said it would be in the “interest of transparency and democracy” to hold an open vote, adding that MPs could make formal comments or reconsider the matter if they don’t. agreed with her decision.

“I did say that I would decide the matter, but when issues were raised, I said it’s okay… parties are free to formally consult with the speaker’s office. Allow me to decide that those of you who have reservations about my statement will make formal comments,” she said.

ANC chief Pemmy Majodina supported Mapisa-Nqakula’s decision.

“We support your statement that the ballot is open, where chief whips will vote on behalf of their members,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA‘s) voice of No self-confidence will also take place on March 30.

DA leader John Steenhuisen filed the motion of no confidence against The whole cabinet of Ramaphosa last month.

Last month, Mapisa-Nqakula disapproved the ATM’s request to hold a secret ballot on its motion of distrust against Ramaphosa.

The ATM had resubmitted submitted their motion of no confidence to parliament following a Supreme Court (SCA) ruling in December 2021.

The party had been granted leave to appeal the judgment of the Western Cape High Court in the SCA.

The Supreme Court previously ruled in favor of former Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise, who decided not to grant the ATM’s request to hold the vote of no confidence by secret ballot.

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The ATM, which has only two seats in parliament, then tried to review and set aside Modise’s decision.

However, the SCA found that Modise had misunderstood her discretion in the secret ballot.

In its verdict, the appeals court ordered that the ATM’s request be reconsidered by the new President of the National Assembly.

The motion was directed against Ramaphosa’s leadership in February 2020 over the sealing of his Bank statements related to being campaign 2017 including the ANC presidency.

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