IEC to release final elections parties, candidates lists

South Africa's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is expected to release the final lists of parties and candidates contesting the elections on Tuesday.

On Thursday, the IEC would issue certificates to all candidates in terms of section 31 of the Electoral Act.

"These are the last two processes in terms of candidates," spokesperson Kate Bapela said.

The lists would be published on the IEC website ahead of the May 7 national elections.

On April 15, the IEC said only one objection to candidates on political parties' lists was upheld.

The IEC said it had received 45 objections.

The parties that received objections were the ANC, the Democratic Alliance, Agang SA, Congress of the People, Economic Freedom Fighters, African Christian Democratic Party, United Democratic Party, National Freedom Party, and Ximoko Party.

'Armed robbery'
Of these objections, one was upheld because the candidate was convicted of an offence and sentenced to more than 12 months in prison, the IEC said. "This disqualification ends five years after the sentence has been completed, which will be after the 2014 NPE [national and provincial elections]."

It did not say who the candidate was or from which party.

Bapela told the South African Press Association that the IEC would not release the name of the objected candidate.

"The candidate has thus been disqualified."

But on Tuesday, the Star reported that the disqualified candidate was National Freedom Party (NFP) member Mgcineni Mavuso, who was told by his party that he was no longer on its candidate list for Parliament or the Mpumalanga legislature.

"I was sentenced for an armed robbery I was involved with in 1996. They sentenced me to 12 years in prison," he was quoted as saying.

NFP national chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe told the newspaper that the party was not aware of Mavuso's conviction when it drew up its list. – Sapa

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