The Electoral Commission (IEC) has dismissed all objections lodged against candidates on party lists contesting the May General Elections – with the exception of one Pan African Congress (PAC) candidate.

Over 50 objections were lodged, but the IEC upheld the PAC’s objection to its own candidate Alton Mphethi, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison, barring him from serving in any legislature.

Candidates have until the 11th of April to lodge appeals with the electoral court.

All the parties deny the allegations to the objections, with the African National Congress (ANC), Black First Land First (BLF), Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) making written representations to the commission

The IEC said that after deliberating, the commission resolved to uphold one objection by the PAC against its own candidate.

The commission dismissed all other objections failing to meet the constitutional and statutory criteria, with the majority of the objections relating to unproven allegations.

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Commission Rules on Objections to Candidates 9 April 2019 (Text)