Candidate list finalised - IEC

2011-04-12 13:48

Pretoria - The candidate list for the upcoming local government elections has been finalised after a nomination process marred by intra-party disputes and a number of last minute court applications.

Briefing the media in Centurion, the Chief Electoral Officer of the Electoral Commission Pansy Tlakula said 121 parties would contest the elections on May 18.

This was an increase on the 97 parties that contested elections in 2006 and the 79 in 2001, she said.

The number of candidates had also increased, compared with previous elections, to 51 163.

Electoral participation

Tlakula said this showed a maturity of democracy.

Of the 51 163 candidates, 28 190 were party ward candidates and 22 251 were party proportional list candidates.

"The number of independent ward candidates stands at 722, also an increase from the 667 in 2006.

"The increases in nominations are an indication of a broadening in electoral participation at local level and very encouraging as far as the entrenchment of democratic processes is concerned," said Tlakula.

Only seven wards remain uncontested countrywide, meaning one party could start celebrating even before the announcement of the results.

An important date in the IEC calendar was now 15 April, when people would be given a chance to apply for special votes. This would take place until May 3.

- SAPA
Read more on:    iec  |  pansy tlakula  |  elections  |  politics
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

Petrol generators from R1399, save up to R350. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Pampers!

Save 30% when you buy 3 or more selected pampers products. While stocks last. Shop now!

This week only - 30% off books!

Get 30% off when you buy 2 or more books. Many titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

New range of Samsung smartphones!

Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and Alpha now available at kalahari.com. while stocks last. Shop now!

Buy 3 eBooks & only pay for 2!

The cheapest of the 3 titles will be free. Many more titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are very people sensitive today and there is a tendency to put too much energy on service and outer obligations. The balance...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.