Door shut for parties wanting to take part in August election

IEC CEO Mosotho Moepya says there’s a 65 percent increase in the number of political parties.

IEC officials during voter registration weekend. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The door has officially closed for political parties hoping to contest this year's local government elections, with the Independent Electoral Commission confirming today that 200 parties and over 61,000 candidates are in the running.

The commission's Chief Executive Officer has now officially explained how many people are going to be standing in the August poll.

The electoral commission says more political parties and candidates are competing in this year's poll - compared to the last municipal elections five years ago.

CEO Mosotho Moepya says there's a 65 percent increase in the number of political parties.

"This is approximately 65 percent more parties, and approximately 12 percent more candidates."

However, Moepya says those numbers could change.

"Two issues still see the final number of parties and candidates subject to minor amendments; the first relates to 73 percent, which the electoral commission received on time but could not link to a party or candidate."

Party and candidates' lists were finalised and certified on Monday, and the commission had until yesterday to count and finalise them.