IEC to decide on objections made against candidates

Monday, March 23, 2009
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will today decide on the objections made against nominated candidates of political parties that will contest the 2009 General Elections.

In terms of the Election Timetable, the objections received by the Commission must be considered and decided by 23 March.

"Every objector will be informed in writing, about such decisions. Appeals to the decisions of the Commissioners may be lodged with the Electoral Court by 26 March," the IEC said.

The Electoral Court serves as a court of final instance and its decisions will be made known by 31 March.

The Electoral Commission will then compile a final list of candidates on or before 3 April 2009, and on 7 April 2009 candidates will be issued with their certificates.

The IEC published the candidate's lists submitted by political parties last Monday and Tuesday in national newspapers for public inspection.

The candidate's lists were also made available at the national, provincial and municipal offices of the IEC.

Residents were able to inspect the candidates' lists and accompanying documents. On the cut-off date on Wednesday, the IEC had received 338 objections against candidates out of a total of 9 425.

In terms of the Electoral Act, any person, including the chief electoral officer, may lodge an objection with the Commission against any nominated candidate.

There were 297 objections that were lodged by the Chief Electoral Officer, Pansy Tlakula.
She said a total of 176 candidates nominations were not submitted and was therefore bound by the Code and Acceptance.

Two of the candidates that were nominated were deceased, she said, while Identity Documents (ID) of six candidates were not found in the national population register.

Ms Tlakula further said three candidates were found to be non-South Africans, while a further 110 candidates were not on the voter's roll.

The IEC indicated that of the 297 candidates that objected, 28 were from political parties.

In addition to the objections lodged by the chief electoral officer, there were 41 objections which were received from individuals, candidates themselves and/or political parties.

According to the IEC, many people used the publication to familiarise themselves with candidates on the various party lists as well as to raise objections against any of those candidates in terms of Section 30 of the Electoral Act, 1998 (Act 73 of 1998).

The public could object if the candidate was not qualified to stand in the election in terms of Sections 47 and 106 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

The public could also raise objections if the candidate had not signed an acceptance of nomination as prescribed as well as if the candidate had not signed the prescribed undertaking to be bound by the Code of Conduct.