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Parties to be notified of non-compliance in candidate lists, deposits

Political parties and independents who submitted candidate lists with deposits to participate in the 2016 Local Government Elections will be informed by the IEC of possible non-compliance by June 13.

The would then need to ‘comply’by June 20.

Parties had until June 2nd to submit their candidate lists with deposits to the IEC.

The voter’s roll was certified on 31 May 2016, meaning that some 26.3 million registered voters captured on it will be eligible to cast a ballots on August 3.

This is 77% of the voting age population, or South African voters legally entitled to a vote.

The Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu also released his findings into local government outcomes on 1 June 2016. Of the 324 bodies (municipalities and entities) inspected, 72 or 22% received clean audits – a small improvement from previous years. Worryingly, the AG observed that the financial health of 92% of municipalities was either ‘worrying’ or ‘concerning’.

Among some of the bigger campaigning events this weekend, the ANC will be hosted a raft of provincial manifesto launches in Gauteng on Saturday, 4 June and in Limpopo on Sunday, 5 June 2016. The DA’s leader Mmusi Maimane has been campaigning in Tshwane, Johannesburg and Tlokwe (North West) on Saturday and Sunday.

This weekend will however only see one political party launching its manifesto, the Al Jamah party which is expected to unveil its plans on Sunday, 5 June 2016 at the Newlands Cricket Ground, Western Cape.

For the 2016 LGE, voting will take place in 4392 wards and 22 617 voting districts countrywide. Technically 9041 separate elections will take place on the 3rd of August.

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