Independent Electoral Commission considers objections to election candidates

Staff Writer | Apr 10, 2019
The Independent Electoral Commission has adjudicated objections to the nominations of candidates - only one was upheld

The Commission has adjudicated objections against candidates nominated to stand for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections, upholding one and dismissing 51 others.

The objections were directed at candidates representing the following political parties:

  • African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)
  • African Content Movement (ACM)
  • African Independent Congress (AIC)
  • Alliance for Transformation for All (ATA)
  • African National Congress (ANC)
  • Black First Land First Movement (BLF)
  • Democratic Alliance (DA)
  • Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)
  • Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC)
  • Land Party. 

Twenty-nine objections were directed against ANC candidates, 19 against BLF candidates, 13 against the EFF, 4 each against the DA and Land Party, and 1 each against the ACDP, AIC, ACM and ATA.

Despite many of the objections not meeting the prescribed format for submission, the Commission decided in the interests of promoting fair elections to consider whether substantively these objections met the criteria in the constitution and section 30(1) of the Electoral Act.

The grounds for objection are:

1. The candidate is not qualified to stand;

2. The candidate hasn’t signed the prescribed acceptance of nomination; 

3. The candidate hasn’t signed the prescribed undertaking that they are bound by the Code of Conduct;

4. Every citizen who is qualified to vote is eligible to stand except:

  • Unrehabilitated insolvents;
  • Anyone declared to be of unsound mind by a court;
  • Anyone convicted of an offence and sentenced to more than 12 months imprisonment without the option of a fine.

All the parties denied the allegations contained in the objections; the ANC, BLF, DA and EFF submitted written representations.

The Commission upheld one objection by the PAC against its own candidate, Mr Seropane Alton Senyane Mphethi. Mphethi was sentenced on 7 June 2016 to 18 months’ imprisonment without the option of a fine. The majority related to unproven allegations.

 

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