IEC says all systems are ready for August elections

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it is ready for the third Local Government Elections despite serious concerns about violence linked to political intolerance.

More than 200 parties will contest in local districts countrywide with the Pan Africanist Movement appearing first on the ballot papers of the polls.

The IEC’s vice chairperson Terry Tselane says there’s a 69% increase compared to the 2011 elections.

Tselane says, “We are capturing and validating the various candidate nominations received by the deadline on Friday. But early indications are that approximately 970 independent candidates will be contesting this year’s municipal elections.

It is possible that by the time we complete around a thousand independent candidates will be contesting.”


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