Article by: Dumisane Dube
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has extended its deadline for political parties and independent candidates to register for the local government elections.
The deadline was initially scheduled for the end of business day, but the commission has now moved it to 9pm on Monday.
The polls are scheduled to take place on 27 October; however, the IEC has indicated that it wants to postpone until February due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement released on Monday morning, the IEC says that failure to make the necessary payments for election deposits would result in the automatic disqualification.
“Failure to pay deposits on due date is incapable of being remedied through a non-compliance procedure. The commission will refund to a party any deposit paid if the party is allocated at least a seat in the municipal council it is contesting. Similarly, an independent candidate who receives at least 10% of the total number of votes cast in the ward election will have the deposit refunded,” stated IEC.
The commission says to date, a total of 97 political parties and 353 independent candidates have been captured.
The final list of candidates will be published on 7 September.
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