Johannesburg - The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) has
received about 40 objections to National Assembly and provincial legislature
election candidates, it said on Wednesday.
"It is not yet possible to indicate how many
candidates have been objected to as the submissions must now be captured and
processed," spokesperson Kate Bapela said in a statement.
"Some of the submissions relate to more than one
candidate and it is possible that more than one objection has been received for
the same candidate."
The deadline for objections was 17:00 on Tuesday.
In terms of the Electoral Act, anyone, including the
chief electoral officer, may object to the nomination of a candidate.
An objection can be made on three grounds: If a candidate
does not qualify to stand in the election, if the prescribed acceptance of
nomination is not signed by the candidate, and if no undertaking signed by the
candidate that he/she is bound by the Electoral Code of Conduct is submitted.
The IEC would consider all objections and inform the
objector and the party of its decision by 17:00 on Monday.
Bapela on Wednesday said once the commission had made a
decision appeals had to be submitted to the Electoral Court by 10 April.
The final deadline for decisions by the court was 15 April.
"The chief electoral officer is required to give
effect to decisions of the commission on objections or a decision of the
Electoral Court by 22 April 2014," she said.
"Certificates will be issued to candidates on the
final list of candidates by 24 April."
Agriculture union Tau SA and the Institute for
Accountability in Southern Africa (IFAISA) both sent letters to the IEC
objecting to President Jacob Zuma's number one position on the list of ANC
"He [Zuma] has been recently implicated in a report
of the public protector regarding possible irregular expenses on his Nkandla
homestead, and the fact that he could have misled Parliament on this
issue," Tau SA wrote.
The union said it was of the opinion that an MP had to be
free of any suspected involvement in corruption, misappropriation of funds and
The IFAISA said its objection was lodged ex abundante
cautela (from excessive caution) as the ANC was still considering the objection
letter and had not yet responded substantively to it.
In an open letter sent to the IEC, the institute included
arguments based on the public protector's "Secure in Comfort" report
on Zuma's Nkandla residence in KwaZulu-Natal.
Also contained in the letter was mention of review
proceedings, which the DA had pending against the decision to withdraw 783
charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering against Zuma.
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