Pretoria - The Pan Africanist Movement (PAM) will top the
Proportional Representation (PR) ballot papers in all municipalities where it
will be contesting the 2016 Municipal Elections after it was drawn from a list
of 206 parties contesting the elections.
The draw was conducted at the Electoral Commission of SA
(IEC) offices in Pretoria on Wednesday. A journalist was called to conduct the
draw as a way of remaining independent.
IEC vice chairperson Terry Tselane said the process used was
one that is independent and fair.
"The use of a random draw to select the party which
will top the ballot paper has been the established practice for all the
elections over the past 22 years of democracy in South Africa as the fairest
way to choose the order of the ballot paper," said Tselane.
He added that the 2016 elections had the highest number of
parties contesting, and that the number had increased gradually from 2000.
"In that year, there were a total of 79 political
parties which contested the various municipalities. Six years later that
number grew to 97 - and it grew a further 25% between 2006 and 2011. The
2016 Municipal Elections will see a record number of political parties
contesting the 8 Metropolitan municipalities, 205 local municipalities and 44
district councils," he said.
A total of 204 political parties submitted candidates lists
by last week's deadline, compared to the 122 which contested in 2012.
The Western Cape will have the highest number of parties
contesting (77), followed by Limpopo, (56), Gauteng (45), and the Eastern Cape
(43). The Northern Cape will have the smallest number of parties contesting
Tselane said the Metropolitan council with the longest PR
ballot paper will be the Western Cape with 37 parties and the shortest being
Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape with 10 parties.