The Dagga Party of South Africa. (Source: Facebook) ~ Supplied
Bloemfontein - The Dagga Party of South Africa is highly disappointed by not making the necessary deadline to contest in this year's elections.
Party leader Jeremy Acton said the party still has high hopes for the future, reports The Citizen
“Dagga legalisation is like a dagga bush, it keeps growing,” Acton said.
The lists of candidates for each party (national, regional and provincial) will be published for public inspection from 28 March.
The party's hopes lay in the hands of a Canadian sponsor, and also raising money with the public's help. They did however, not succeed, and it was estimated they could only raise R120 000.
Dagga trended on Twitter.
) had advice for the party: "Dagga Party is not serious, they could have gotten the R250k by selling weed. Who am I gonna vote for now?" (see more tweets below)
The IEC said the 29 parties taking part in the elections is still the highest number to contest polls in a national election in South Africa.
Parties were issued with notices from the Electoral Commission last week in respect of around 300 candidates, indicating non-compliance of the requirements to submit candidate lists and pay deposits.
The Economic Freedom Fighters launched a failed court bid to reduce the deposits, but managed to make payment in time.
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