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Deadline looming for submission of candidate lists

2016-06-01 08:26
IEC voting station. (Elmarie Jack, News24)

Cape Town – The deadline for the submission of candidate lists for the 2016 Municipal Elections is looming, with only two days left for parties to comply.

Parties have until Thursday, June 2, to submit their full lists and deposits for all candidates, according to the Electoral Commission (IEC).

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Parties would then be notified if they had documents outstanding and would have until June 24 to submit the missing information.

Meanwhile, the ANC on Tuesday said their candidate lists were a reflection of their mission to create a non-sexist society.

Speaking following a National List Conference, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said all lists had to have a minimum of 50% women, 20% youth, 2% candidates must be people with a disability while 60% of serving councillors had to be retained.

"The ANC does not pay lip service to these commitments but tangibly enforces their attainment, especially within its ranks," he said.

Work ethic

The finalisation of candidate lists has been plagued by violence across the country, which Mantashe "denounced in the strongest terms". 

EFF leader Julius Malema said on Monday the party would select their candidates based on their work ethic.

"We do not want people who just come and dress well and speak to the leadership and expect to become candidates. We are looking for specific, hard-working community people who can uplift, work 24 hours a day, and not make money for themselves," he said. 

Applications for special votes for the elections will open from June 10 to July 8, with special voting days on August 1 and August 2.

This is to accommodate registered voters, including the elderly and people with disabilities, who will not be able to get to their voting stations on August 3.

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