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IEC deadline looms for local election candidates

2016-06-20 14:24
(IEC)

Cape Town - Another deadline approaches for the August 3 local government elections - this time the submission of outstanding documents for individuals whose names appear on candidate lists.

All ward candidates and proportional representation candidates, who have not yet handed in a copy of their identity document or a signed acceptance of nomination form, must get these to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) by 17:00 on Monday.

The acceptance of nomination form also contains an undertaking to be bound by the Code of Conduct, and a declaration that the candidate is not disqualified from standing.

This is followed by another deadline on Wednesday, which is the last day to notify a party or independent nominator of candidates appearing on multi-party lists - for example on the candidate list of two different parties.

And then, on Friday, it is the cut-off date for a party or independent nominator to submit revised or substituted lists in regard to candidates on multiple party lists.

Western Cape electoral officer Courtney Sampson explained that no new names could be submitted for candidate lists, because that deadline had already passed on June 2.

No new additions

Monday's deadline is only for the submission of the outstanding paperwork for candidates whose names have already been submitted.

Sampson explained that if a person on a list was removed, everybody on the list moved up one position. Or the party could replace that person with somebody who was already on the list, but there could not be any new additions.

Candidates for the hotly contested position of mayor must be drawn from the names already on the candidate lists.

After the election, the constituted council would then elect its mayor.

Usually, the party which has the majority in the council votes for its own mayoral candidate, or a coalition could be formed and a mayor could be voted for during those negotiations.

"The mayor must first become a councillor," he explained.

Preparations 'well under way'

On Monday, the African National Congress announced that its candidate for Tshwane would be Thoko Didiza, the chairperson of Parliament.

On Sunday, tempers flared over the party's selection of the Tshwane mayoral candidate, with the initial list featuring Mapiti Matsena in first place and current Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa in second place.

In the meantime, preparations for the elections were well under way, said Sampson.

The printing of ballot papers was due to start on July 1, the lists were in, ward candidate names had been submitted, voting venues had been booked and contracts had been signed.

"So we are quite far down the line," Sampson said.

The final list of candidates would be certified on June 27 and then on July 1, the candidates themselves would be certified.

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