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Thirty political parties registered in N West ahead of elections

About 30 political parties in the North West province have registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for the August 3 local government elections.

Fifteen of them will be contesting elections for the first time. A total of 90 independent candidates have also registered to stand in all four of the province’s districts.

IEC’s Provincial Electoral Officer, Dr Tumelontle Thiba says: “We have received 30 submissions from 30 different parties and 90 from independent candidates. Of the 30 parties, 15 are brand new parties and the other 15 are the 13 represented at the national assembly and two other parties are locally represented.”

A political analyst from the North West University, Professor Andre Duvenhage, says the high number of new parties can be attributed to some community members’ dissatisfaction with the ruling party.

“It’s going to be a difficult scenario for existing parties; it’s definitely going to be highly contested. People are to a large extent dissatisfied with the ANC. They are getting out of the ANC structures but they do not have a home at the moment. They do not want to go to either the EFF or the Democratic Alliance therefore they are on their own, but we know that they are also linking to new structures and new groupings.”

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