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IEC to host election ballot paper draw on Wednesday

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will host a draw on Wednesday to determine which of the 250 registered political parties will have its name on top of the ballot paper for the August 3 local government election.

 

Representatives of the parties are expected to attend the event at the IEC’s headquarters in Centurion.

IEC spokesperson, Kate Bapela says the process will not differ from that used in previous elections. She ruled out any changes to solve the problem of political parties with similar names, logos and colours, following apparent confusion between the African National Congress (ANC) and the small Matatiele-based African Independent Congress in the 2014 national election.

“That draw will determine the first political party on the ballot paper. It’s a process that I believe is very clear and we don’t expect any confusion because every voter knows their party, the logo and the name of the party.”

Bapela adds: “Once you have the first party on the ballot it does not matter what alphabet it is, it will be the first name of the political party and the rest of the names will follow each other alphabetically.”

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