The Campaign

My Vote Counts Press Statement: Constitutional Court Litigation

My Vote Counts v The Speaker of Parliament & Others will be heard at the Constitutional Court, Johannesburg, on 10 February 2015.

The right to vote envisaged in the Constitution is the right to cast an informed vote. The right to make political choices is the right to make informed political choices.

MVC has asked the Constitutional Court to declare that Parliament has failed to fulfill its constitutional obligation to enact financial disclosure legislation to give effect to the right of access to information. This is based on the belief that information about the private funding of political parties is reasonably required for the effective exercise of the right to vote in elections. We have asked the Court to direct Parliament to fulfill this constitutional obligation by passing disclosure legislation, which Parliament must do within 18 months.

We refuse to be blind mice. We choose to be informed citizens. We say no to secrecy. Those that exercise public power must and will be held accountable. We demand protection from the state from all forms of corruption.

All litigation materials are available on our website www.myvotecounts.org.za.
Support us on Twitter (@MVC_SA) or find us on Facebook (My Vote Counts NGO).

To get involved or request more information, contact:
Gregory Solik (Director My Vote Counts) - greg@myvotecounts.org.za
Vlad Movshovich (Legal Counsel) - vlad.movshovich@webberwentzel.com

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New Year kicks off with a…’No!’

An advertising campaign sparks a revolution. A referendum ends a dictatorship. Unlikely? No!
Come watch the critically acclaimed film ‘No!’, screened by My Vote Counts and Short & Sweet TV on Thursday 5th February 2015. We’ll be screening the film outdoors, so bring along your picnics, blankets and chairs to watch the film under the stars. It’s also free, and happening on the same night as First Thursdays – so you can tour Cape Town’s trendy cultural hubs for free before settling in for the film. You’ll enjoy a night of good entertainment, and perhaps take away some insights about the power of ordinary people to re-shape politics. You’ll also be supporting us as we prepare for our Constitutional Court Challenge on 10 February 2015. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates on the case (visit our website, Facebook & Twitter). For more information on the screening, contact caitlin.tonkin@gmail.com.
Screening Details:
5th February 2015
8pm for 8:30pm
Church Square, CPT
Bring picnics, blankets, bean-bags and chairs
FREE
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Court Date Set: An Initial Victory

On 16 July 2014, MVC lodged an application at the Constitutional Court (the Court) for an order declaring that Parliament has failed to fulfil its constitutional obligation to enact national legislation to regulate private funding of political parties. This application is a key part of MVC’s campaign for greater transparency in politics in South Africa. Baleka Mbete, speaker of Parliament, responded with an answering affidavit on 9 October 2014. Following MVC’s provision of further argumentation to the Court, a hearing date has been set for 10 February 2015. MVC will continue posting updates in this regard; please contact us for further information.