Dagga Party misses election deadline

The Dagga Party's dreams of getting a seat in Parliament have gone up in smoke.

Jeremy Acton of the Dagga Party. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Dagga Party's dreams of getting a seat in Parliament have gone up in smoke.

It is one of four parties which missed the deadline to pay their election deposits.

Of the four parties that couldn't pay their deposits by Monday's deadline, the Dagga Party was possibly the best known.

But it failed to raise the R200,000 it needed to contest the national elections.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said although the four parties fell by the wayside, 29 parties will compete for votes come 7 May.

The IEC says this is the largest number of parties to contest a democratic national election in South Africa's history.