8 651 candidates standing in elections – IEC

2014-04-25 12:18

A total of 8 651 candidates from 45 political parties are standing for the general elections, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) has said.

“This is slightly fewer than the 9 117 candidates who appeared on the final lists for the 2009 election,” spokesperson Kate Bapela said today.

“The electoral commission has published the final list of candidates for the May 7 national and provincial elections and has provided candidates with certificates confirming their candidacy.”

There were 2 089 candidates on the national lists, 2 165 on the regional lists and 4 397 contesting on the provincial lists.

The parties were contesting 400 National Assembly seats and 430 provincial legislature seats.

Men continued to make up the bulk of candidates with 59.8% of the total.

“However, gender representation continues to show steady improvement over the years: 1999 (26.76%), 2004 (30.65%) and 2009 (38.5%).”

She said lists in the Western Cape provincial elections showed the greatest gender equity with 43% women, the Northern Cape provincial lists were the lowest with 37% of women.

The parties with the highest percentage of female candidates were the Keep It Straight and Simple party with 100%, the ANC with 85% and the SA Maintenance and Estate Beneficiaries Association with 76.6%.

Bapela said in terms of age, candidates over 40 comprised 64.86% of the total. Candidates under the age of 30 comprised just 11.8%.

“However, young candidates have increased by 17% since 2009, when just 869 of the 9 117 candidates were under 30.

“In 1999, there were 724 candidates under 30, out of a total of 7 140 candidates (10.1%),” Bapela said.

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