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N West IEC has received more independent candidate submissions

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the North West says it has received more submissions of registration for the forthcoming local government elections from independent candidates, compared to the 2011 municipal polls.

The high number is attributed to among others, the dissatisfaction in the manner in which the ruling party handled its election list nomination process.

It is alleged that candidates in some communities who had been nominated were replaced on the party list.

IEC provincial electoral officer, Dr Tumelontle Thiba, has confirmed the high number of independent candidates’ registrations.

“The number has increase significantly between the two years. For now we are at nomination stage, so it is difficult to determine really how many of the 89 or so independent candidates who have submitted will at the end run the race but at the moment we have 89 across the province.”

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