ANC finalising candidate lists for local govt elections

2016-05-25 18:07

Johannesburg - The ANC's national list committee is finalising the party's candidate lists for this year's local government elections.

Secretary general Gwede Mantashe told reporters on the sidelines of the meeting on Wednesday that the committee was meeting with provinces in Johannesburg.

The list conference would take place on Friday. This was where the names of the party's mayoral and councillor candidates for the August 3 local government elections would be finalised.

"That is an indication that the ANC is the most democratic organisation internally. Painful as it might be, it’s a necessary pain to go through because you must ensure that as many people as possible are involved in this election of candidates of the ANC."

Mantashe said the list process started at branch general meetings and was then taken to community meetings, which were adjudicated by the screening committee.

The list was then sent to the regional list committee and then to the extended provincial executive committee, which was made up of PEC members and provincial list committee.

"That product is here now. We are the national list committee here. Then it will be finalised in the national list conference.

"Basically the national list conference is looking at the product we are tabling."

Mantashe said the appeals process had been completed.

The ANC, for the first time, had decided to announce its mayoral candidates ahead of the elections. Mantashe would not say exactly when this would happen, but it would happen early enough to allow the candidates to campaign.

However, it was likely that only the mayoral candidates for the metros and district municipalities would be announced.

This year's elections would see a fight for the country's major metros. Opposition parties had vowed to take control of Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, and Nelson Mandela Bay from the ANC.

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