The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) interim leader John Steenhuisen and its KwaZulu-Natal member of provincial legislature, Mbali Ntuli have been officially nominated as candidates for the position of party leader.

The party will be holding its Elective Federal Congress virtually at the end of October.

In a statement, the party said due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, delegates will be attending the congress from their homes.

It also said a variety of venues will be made available nationwide to ensure that the Congress is extremely accessible to all delegates, from all communities.

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The party announced two other positions to be contested. The federal council chairperson position, currently occupied by Helen Zille will be challenged by current Gauteng chairperson Mike Moriarty.

Western Cape Local Government MEC Anton Bredell, national parliamentary caucus chair Annelie Lotriet, Refiloe Nt’sheke and Jacques Smalle are all vying for the position of third deputy federal chair.

Meanwhile, James Masango and Thomas Walters have been nominated unopposed as the other deputy chairpersons of federal council.