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IEC reminds political parties to submit nominations and election deposits

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The IEC has called for all political parties and independent candidates intending to contest in the elections to ensure they submit nominations and prescribed election deposits by 21 September 2021.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa issued a statement on Monday, 20 September 2021, directed at all political parties and independent candidates intending to contest the 2021 local government elections scheduled for Monday, 1 November 2021. The IEC reminded them to ensure their submissions of nominations and prescribed election deposits by Tuesday, 21 September 2021.

The prescribed election deposits due are as follows: R3 500 in respect of an election in a metropolitan municipality, R2 000 in respect of an election in a local municipality with wards, and R1 000 in respect of an election in a district in a district municipality. Finally, a R1 000 election deposit is due in respect of an election in a single ward for independent candidates and political parties not contesting for PR election in that municipality. The IEC also reiterated that only registered political parties can contest elections of municipal councils through party lists.

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What happens in the event of failure to make election deposits?

The IEC stated that failure to make election deposit payments, submit a party list, candidate names or sufficient supporters registered in the ward by 17:00 will result in automatic disqualification of the party or the independent candidate affected.

Where can parties submit their relevant nomination and election deposit documentation?

Political parties and independent candidates have been urged to submit their documents online or visit a designated local office of the commission during office hours. The list of designated IEC offices is available on the website.

What happens in the event of a party candidate appearing on multiple party lists?

In the event that party candidates appear on multiple party lists, the commission will have until 24 September 2021 to notify parties. The parties then have until 25 September 2021 to decide whether or not to remove the candidates.

Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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