Over 8,000 candidates who wanted to contest local govt elections disqualified

The IEC confirmed in centurion this afternoon that 200 parties & over 61,000 candidates are in the running.

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PRETORIA - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says more than 8,000 candidates who wanted to contest this year's local government elections, have been disqualified.

The commission confirmed in Centurion this afternoon that 200 parties and over 61,000 candidates are in the running.

IEC CEO Mosotho Moepya says of the candidates disqualified to contest the 3 August poll, most were because of the non-submission of documents.

"The vast majority were disqualified for non-submission of documentation and they account for 46 percent of the category of disqualification. Thirty-eight percent were disqualified for non-payment of the deposit."

Moepya says parties who did pay on time, will need to contact the commission urgently, so that this can be rectified.

"Seventy-three percent, which the electoral commission received on time but could not link to a party or candidate as the payment did not contain the correct deposit reference number."

He says this is one of the reasons the number of political parties and candidates competing in less than a month's time, could change.