Cost of contesting elections rises

2011-01-26 09:14
Durban - Political parties contesting the upcoming local government elections will have to deposit more money than in previous elections.

"The deposit for contesting an election will also increase from R3 000 to R4 000 for contesting both proportional and ward elections in a metropolitan council," said Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Brigalia Bam.

She was speaking during the launch of the KwaZulu-Natal election campaign in Durban on Tuesday evening. The function was attended by representatives of the political parties, religious leaders and government leaders.

The cost of contesting both proportional and ward elections in a local council has been increased from R2 000 to R2 500.

There were 23 181 997 voters on the voters roll.

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"We hope to increase this number after the registration period," Bam said.

Gender equity in terms of representation among candidates had increased significantly since the last elections, she said.

"In 2006 out of a total of 45 189 candidates nominated for elections, 15 718 were women and 13 314 were young people between 18 and 35."

KwaZulu-Natal IEC chief electoral officer Mawethu Mosery said he believed the number of voters would increase significantly. The province’s target for the February voter registration weekend was 635 000.

He said the level of intolerance ahead of elections had decreased significantly.

More than 500 cases of intimidation were reported during the 2000 elections and the number dropped by 185 in 2006. The number further dropped to 109 during the 2009 general elections, he said - "one of the proud moments for our province".

KwaZulu-Natal had 4.3m voters on the voters roll.

"Of the 4.4m, 2.5m are women and 1.2m are young people between 18 and 35," Mosery said.

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