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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 18:25

IEC identifies 42 candidates on multiple party lists.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has identified 42 candidates who appear on more than one party's list for parliament and provincial legislature positions.

The IEC gave parties until 5pm yesterday to inform the commission whether any of their candidates appeared on the list of another party or as an independent candidate.

"In all, there were 42 candidates appearing on more than one party list, implicating 39 parties. Furthermore, one candidate was nominated as an independent and also appeared on a list of a party," said the IEC.

It added there were 14 662 candidates who were vying for 887 seats in Parliament and provincial legislatures.

"The biggest ballot paper will contain 56 contestants. This is the ballot for the compensatory seats in the National Assembly. The biggest regional election ballot will be in the Gauteng region with 40 political parties and two independent candidates. Similarly, the biggest ballot in respect of provincial legislature elections will be in Gauteng with 42 political parties and two independent candidates.

"Seven independent candidates will contest the regional elections and six will contest the provincial legislature elections. The region with the most number of independent candidates is the Limpopo region with three candidates."

The IEC also said objections were open against any candidate who has been nominated for the elections, either at national level or in the provincial legislatures.

The commission will consider the objections on Thursday.

There were several grounds on which people may lodge objections against any candidate. This includes people who have been convicted and sentenced to more than 12 months in prison.

Former president Jacob Zuma is number one on the list of the uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party. He was convicted in 2021 for defying an order of the court.

The Constitutional Court sentenced him to 15 months in prison.

IEC CEO Sy Mamabolo previously said the law was clear on people who have been convicted and sentenced to more than 12 months in prison, that they were not eligible to stand as candidates.

The elections are set to take place on May 29.

The commission is set to release the final list of candidates ahead of the May elections on the 10th of April.

Meanwhile the IEC welcomed the Electoral Court judgement on the registration of the uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party.

The IEC says the judgement provides the necessary clarity and certainty to enable the finalisation of  candidate nomination processes.

"Additionally, the ruling confirms that the decision to register this party was taken regularly and in terms of the law.

Finally, the Commission reiterates its commitment and preparedness to deliver free and fair 2024 National and Provincial elections," the commission said.