New People’s Party wants second chance to register candidates

2011-03-30 07:19

Badih Chaaban, the leader of the New People’s Party, had asked the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for a second chance after missing the deadline to have more than 100 of his candidates registered, the Times reported today.

Tempers flared at the IEC office in Belville, Cape Town, on Friday at 5pm, which was the deadline for political parties to register candidates.

He claimed that he and his daughter were allowed inside the building before 5pm, but when he got to the right office, the IEC provincial head, Courtney Sampson, turned him away.

“We have no problems with Mr Sampson. The problem we have is with actual legislation that at exactly 5pm, you cannot accept any more submissions even though we are inside the offices of the IEC before 5pm,” he said.

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