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Icasa to allocate election broadcast slots to parties

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) says it will next week allocate party election broadcast slots to all registered political parties, contesting the upcoming local government elections.

Icasa publishes regulations that prescribe guidelines under which air time during the municipal election period shall be used.

The elections are expected to take place on August 3.

Broadcasting lincensees are also going to benefit of course in terms of political advertising
Icasa’s spokesperson Paseka Maleka says, “We have a requirement in terms of the law to ensure that the elections are covered in a fair and equitable manner. What that means is that all political parties that are contesting the elections must be covered both on radio and television so that the people who are going to vote for them should know exactly what their political parties will do for them in case they get voted.”

“Broadcasting lincensees are also going to benefit of course in terms of political advertising. Political advertising are those advertising that political parties pay for so that they can be broadcast on radio and television but party election broadcast are for free.”

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