84 new political parties hoping for your vote in May elections

None A mother and a child walk past a discarded ballot box at a polling booth in Vuwani, Limpopo. The IEC says 285 parties are expected to contest the national poll. File image

South Africans will be spoilt for choice, with no fewer than 285 parties on the ballot paper when they take to the polls in May.

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) announced on Thursday that it had received 47 political party applications, bringing the total of registered national political parties ahead of the elections to 285.

Speaking at the launch of the IEC’s election campaign in Midrand on Thursday, chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo said the commission was processing a further 37 new applications – putting the number of new parties at 84.

“Over the past 18 months, the IEC has been hard at work laying the groundwork for this year’s elections. The first major task has been to update the voters’ roll in line with a ruling by the Constitutional Court,” he said.

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By: Amil Umraw

Source: TMG Digital


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