Thu. Oct 17th, 2019

IEC will not make party candidate objection list public

2019 ElectionsThe IEC says it arrived at its decision on the guidance of the law.

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The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), on Tuesday morning, briefed the media on the outcomes of objections that were made against party candidates that will be vying for seats in the national and provincial legislature.

IEC chairperson, Mosotho Moepya, noted that the authority of the electoral body, in this regard, was underwritten by the transcripts of the Constitution and the Electoral Act.

Moepya further made it abundantly clear that it was the sole responsibility of the political party to field eligible candidates with integrity for a seat in Parliament.

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The only job they had was to screen the objections that were made against these candidates using the scripts of the law.

The IEC process in vetting party candidates

The electoral body unpacked the process it took to arrive at its decision to dismiss all objections made against party candidates.

After all 48 political parties had submitted their candidate lists, these were made public on the IEC’s website as well as the Gazette for public consultation.

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From this, the electoral body received a total of 52 objections, the bulk of which came from these ten political parties:

  • African Content Movement
  • African Christian Democratic Party
  • African Independent Party
  • Alliance for Transformations for All
  • African National Congress
  • Black Fiest Land First
  • Democratic Alliance
  • Economic Freedom Fighters
  • Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania
  • Land Party

There was only one candidate that the IEC could axe and it was the PAC’s Alton Mphethi, an ex-convict who was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment in 2016.

Why the objections list will not be made public

The other 51 objections were not acted upon by the electoral body because of the reasons attached to them.

According to Moepya, many of them were based on allegations or current investigations whose evidence has not yet been tested in a court of law.

On that basis, the IEC said, it has dismissed all objections against party candidates.

Moepya made it clear that nothing in the law compelled the electoral body to make these objections public.

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