With just less than 48 hours left before the closing date for submitting party candidate lists, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has pleaded with political parties to submit their final lists for the upcoming municipal election.
The IEC says there’s been an increase in the number of independent candidates taking part in the elections.
The ruling party finalised its list of candidates – those who will represent the party at local government level – at its list conference over the weekend.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has also finalised its candidate list. The party which will be contesting local government election for the first time hopes to have representatives in all the municipalities.
Campaigning has started and all parties are hoping to do well. But the final say will be from the electorate. Elections will take place on August 3.
Deputy Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission Terry Tselane was interviewed on the SABC’s Question Time.
He says the increase in independent candidates is good for democracy. “An independent can be nominated by any person within the community. You can even be nominated by your own family to contest as an independent person. You are not accountable to any political party, you don’t have to register as a party because you will be contesting as an individual. The number of wards that will be contested will be 4649 wards.”
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