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IEC dismisses all but one objection against party candidates

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The IEC has released its results against the party candidates brought before it, the body has dismissed all but one objection.

Parties can breathe a sigh of relief as the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) released its results against some 52 candidate objections across ten parties. On Tuesday morning, 9 April 2019, the IEC announced that they had dismissed all 51 objections against party candidates. IEC chairperson Masotho Moepya said they had only passed one objection which came from the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) against its own candidate, Alton Mpethi, who was criminally convicted.

Out of the ten parties, the African National Congress (ANC) received the most objections, with 29 candidates, followed by the Black First Land First (BLF) with 19. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) faced 13 objections, while the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Land Party each faced 4 objections. The rest of the parties, consisting of the African Content Movement (ACM), the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), the African Independent Congress (AIC), and the Alliance for Transformation for All (ATA) all faced one objection each.

According to the commission, they even examined objections that did not meet the prescribed criteria and found that, aside from Mpethi’s case, no objections met the criteria for removal of candidates from the lists. The IEC’s criteria allows for candidates to be objected against on grounds that they are not “qualified” to stand for elections, if they do not accept the nomination or if they did not sign the IEC’s code of conduct.

Another condition, upon which many of the objections were made, is if “anyone who is convicted of an offence and sentenced to more than 12 months’ imprisonment without the option of a fine either in South Africa or outside the country if the offence would have been an offence if committed in South Africa. This disqualification ends five years after the sentence has been completed.”

Although the IEC has dismissed objections against all its candidates, the ANC still awaits results from its integrity commission. Speaking to media at the Luthuli House on Monday, 8 April 2019, ANC head of elections Fikile Mbalula said that the party would have to respect the integrity commission if it recommends that certain individuals on the list should step aside.

“Should the integrity commission arrive at a conclusion that certain people on the list must step aside, the ANC will have spoken.

“The ANC has never sent anybody to be corrupt. If individuals (chose) to be caught up in corrupt activities where they are deployed, they do not represent the ANC. The ANC must look at those individuals and make a determination in terms of its own processes as to how we will deal with those particular individuals,” he said.

Abenathi Gqomo
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