The African National Congress says it will strictly adhere to Saturday’s deadline for the submission of candidates’ lists for the forthcoming Local Government Elections.

The party has warned that it will not entertain any dispute regarding its candidates’ lists beyond the deadline. The governing party will re-submit some of its candidates who failed to meet the Electoral Commission of South Africa registration deadline on August 23.

This follows the IEC’s decision to re-open the voters’ and candidates’ registration processes after the Constitutional Court ruled that the Local Government Elections should be held between October 27 and November 1.

Co-operative Governance Minister Nkosazana Zuma has since announced that the elections will be held on November 1.

The ANC’s Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) in the North West says it has managed to register 99% of its candidates in 403 wards.

This is despite disputes and challenges that have prevailed in several municipalities with regard to the alleged manipulation of the candidates’ lists.

IPC chairperson Hlomane Chauke says only a handful of candidates are left.

“Out of the 403 wards that we have in the province we have managed to register almost 99%of the candidates across the province we just left with a smaller number of registration and we want to appreciate the opportunity given by the IEC.”

IEC announces the LGE 2021 electoral programme:

Additional reporting: Sylvester Serame