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Over 60 political parties registered with IEC in Western Cape

2016-06-07 14:49
IEC voting station. (Elmarie Jack, News24)

Cape Town – More than 60 parties are registered with the Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Western Cape.

But not all of them might be contesting the local government elections come August 3.

IEC Western Cape spokesperson Trevor Davids said they would only have the numbers of the contesting parties on Monday, June 27.

A total of 402 wards will be contested in the area, with more than 1 500 voting districts.

The IEC on Monday launched the Municipal Election 2016, where various parties in the Western Cape signed the Electoral Code of Conduct. 

Briefing media on Monday, IEC provincial head Courtney Sampson said there were 66 parties registered in the Western Cape.

The province is likely to be the most contested one. 

One of the parties who will be contesting is the Democratic Independence. Formed by former Pan African Congress councillor Anwar Adams, the party plans to contest all the wards in Cape Town.

Adams, who raised the ire of many for an anti-Semitic comment posted on Facebook, said they were only contesting Cape Town to test the waters.

The DI’s logo is the same blue as Western Cape ruling party, the Democratic Alliance.

Adams said they had wanted something that would appeal to the masses, but was also warm and welcoming.

It would not be confusing, he said.

"We just want to test the waters, one municipality at a time and see how we do," he told News24 on Tuesday.

Read more on: iec  |  cape town  |  politics  |  local elections 2016

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