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Limpopo parties to sign election pledge on Monday

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in Limpopo has summoned political parties and independent candidates who have registered for the August 3 local government elections to sign the code of conduct in Polokwane on Monday.

Limpopo’s Provincial Electoral Officer, Nkaro Mateta, says preparations for the signing of the code of conduct by representatives of political parties and independent candidates have been finalised.

The signing of pledges follows Party Liaison Committee meetings that discussed issues related to conducting conducive elections.

Mateta says Limpopo has the second highest number after the Western Cape, of political parties registered to contest the elections.

“We are the second highest in the country. We have 56 registered political parties and 118 independent candidates.”

More than 9 000 candidates, representing political parties and independent candidates will contest the August local government elections in Limpopo.

Mateta says the list of ward candidates will be finalised on Monday.

“In terms of candidates we have more than 9 000 candidates on our system. However, we are busy with the process of verification and will know around June 27 as to how many candidates will appear on our ballot papers.”

According to the Electoral Act, requirements for candidates to qualify to contest elections include paying a deposit and a sufficient list of supporters for an independent candidate.

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