Political parties in the country willing to vie for any post during the forthcoming election have been given until 5pm today to submit their list of candidates.m
As August 3 draws near, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says over 30,000 candidates have already been nominated.
Remarkably, the electoral body also asserted that in the last municipal poll in 2011, more than 53,000 candidates contested.
However, it said it is expecting a larger number of contestants following the emergence of additional political parties in the country.
IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said, “With the recent increase in political parties, there is an increase in the number of candidates that have interacted with the IEC for these elections. We expect the number to be around 60,000, but we will see at the end of the day.”
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that parties are expected to submit their list of candidates for the different positions to be vied for, ranging from ward, proportional representation and district council candidates.
Also, parties willing to contest in councils will have to pay a deposit.
Meanwhile, it will cost a candidate vying for district council a sum of R1,000, local council R2,000 while a metro will cost R8000.
With the aforementioned amount, it depicts that if a political party is going to contest all of the municipal councils, it will cost just under half a million rand.
But if just one candidate of that party is elected to a position in a particular council, the deposit paid to contest that council is refunded.
Many have insinuated that the forthcoming elections won’t be an easy one and that contestants from most parties might have a rough ride securing maximum votes from supporters considering the current political atmosphere.
However, major opposition parties have expressed optimism in securing resounding victory ahead of the elections.
IEC Happy With South Africans
Meanwhile, the IEC has expressed happiness with the number of people who turned out to register ahead of this year’s municipal elections.
The electoral body asserted that the final voter registration weekend saw more than three million people visiting registration stations. It said in total, more than six million people registered or updated their details over two registration periods.
In addition, the commission disclosed that nearly 1.4 million South Africans headed to their stations over both voter registration weekends to add their names to the voters’ roll, exceeding its target of one million new voters.
In summary, it stated that 77 percent of eligible voters are now registered.