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
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
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
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
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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