IEC to release final election lists

2014-04-22 11:15

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is expected to release today the final lists of parties and candidates contesting the elections.

On Thursday, the IEC would issue certificates to all candidates in terms of section 31 of the Electoral Act.

“These are the last two processes in terms of candidates,” said spokesperson Kate Bapela.

The lists would be published on the IEC website ahead of the May 7 national elections.

On April 15, the IEC said only one objection to candidates on political party lists was upheld.

The IEC said it had received 45 objections.

The parties that received objections were: the ANC, the DA, Agang SA, Cope, the Economic Freedom Fighters, the African Christian Democratic Party, the United Democratic Party, the National Freedom Party and the Ximoko Party.

Of these objections, one was upheld because the candidate was convicted of an offence and sentenced to more than 12 months in prison, the IEC said.

“This disqualification ends five years after the sentence has been completed, which will be after the 2014 NPE [national and provincial] elections.”

It did not say who the candidate was or from which party.

Bapela told Sapa that the IEC would not release the name of the objected candidate.

“The candidate has thus been disqualified.”

But The Star reported today that the disqualified candidate was National Freedom Party member Mgcineni Mavuso, who was told by his party that he was no longer on its candidate list for Parliament or the Mpumalanga legislature.

“I was sentenced for an armed robbery I was involved with in 1996. They sentenced me to 12 years in prison,” he was quoted as saying.

National Freedom Party national chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe told the newspaper that the party was not aware of Mavuso’s conviction when it drew up its list.

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