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IEC to release candidate list

SA will know in two weeks' time which political parties will contest the general elections.

FILE: The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it’s currently verifying documents and candidate lists.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africans will know in two weeks' time which political parties will officially contest the general elections on 7 May.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it's currently verifying documents and candidate lists.

Spokesperson Kate Bapela says once the lists have been made public, political parties will have until 1 April to object to any candidate.

"When our officials have completed their work, the IEC will issue a statement saying which political parties are contesting in terms of the provincial and national elections."

Meanwhile, fights broke out at the IEC's offices in Centurion when Julius Malema arrived to hand over the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s candidate list and pay a deposit on Wednesday.

Hundreds of supporters accompanied their leader to hand over the list.

The EFF approached the courts last week to try and challenge the required R600,000 registration fee, but the application was turned down on Tuesday by Judge Joseph Raulinga.

The party argued the deposit was unconstitutional as the fees were designed to exclude poor people.