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ANC NEC concludes virtual candidate nomination process for local government elections

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The ANC has confirmed the NEC’s conclusion of its candidate selection process for the upcoming local government elections, recording close to 10 000 ward and proportional candidate nominations.

The African National Congress (ANC) issued a statement on the National Executive Committee’s (NEC) conclusion of its candidate selection for the local government elections (LGE), which was held virtually on Monday, 23 August 2021. Moreover, the extended NEC meeting consisted of the ANC provincial representatives, leagues, and alliance partners, namely with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).

The party explained how the councillor nomination process is the most democratic and participatory in the country, noting how the candidate selection processes took place under very unusual and difficult conditions in light of COVID-19. The ANC will be submitting three names for its mayoral consideration. The party also highlighted how it has placed community involvement at the centre of the selection of its ward candidates, as a way of ensuring that ANC candidates are people who the community can feel confident in representing them in the local government elections.

The ANC further confirmed that its selection process resulted in close to 10 000 ward and proportional representative candidate nominations. Additionally, it affirmed its consistency in ensuring women’s participation in all elections, as well as leading progress towards gender parity among political representatives across all spheres of the government in combating patriarchy.

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