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Duarte confirms all ANC councillor candidates successfully registered for elections

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The ANC Deputy SG has confirmed that the ANC has successfully registered all of its councillor candidates, and that they would contest in all 4 468 wards across SA.

The African National Congress (ANC) issued a statement on Wednesday, 22 September 2021, by the Deputy Secretary-General (DSG), Jessie Duarte on the councillor candidate registrations for the 2021 local government elections. Duarte confirmed that the ANC has successfully completed the process of registering all of its councillor candidates.

Duarte confirmed that all of the party’s candidates were registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) by the deadline of Tuesday, 21 September 2021. She also confirmed that the ANC will be represented in all wards across the country.

Candidates, selected with the support of communities, will contest in 4 468 of the total wards in 257 metros, local and district municipalities across the length and breadth of the country. Duarte made reference to the National Executive Committee and the electoral committee taking a dim view of some alleged attempts by members within ANC ranks to try to manipulate the process.

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What was the outcome of youth representation in ANC’s candidate registration process?

The youngest candidates were noted to be 20 years old, set to be contesting in Buffalo City, Johannesburg and in Kouga Municipality in the Eastern Cape. The ANC also confirmed that 25 percent of its candidates are young people.

What lesson did the ANC learn on embedding democratic practice within the party?

Duarte noted that the positive lesson was that when given an opportunity to participate, communities responded. The party will take action in the few instances where internal processes were not complied with for the Motlanthe Committee to investigate.

What were the gender demographics in the ANC candidate registration process?

46 percent of ANC ward and proportional representation candidates were confirmed to be women. Candidates are said to also include representatives of people with disabilities, the LGBTQI+ community and community builders, reflecting the diversity of communities in the ANC’s candidate process.

Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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