Smaller parties confident ahead of 8 May polls

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Parties contesting the National and Provincial Elections for the first time say they are confident of a good performance with seven days to go to the 8 May polls.

African Content Movement (ACM), Black First Land First (BLF) and African Transformation Movement (ATM) were speaking at the launch of the Electoral Commission (IEC) national Results Operations Centre (ROC) in Pretoria on Tuesday.

ACM president, Hlaudi Motsoeneng says what sets him apart from other leaders is that he is a man of action. “What makes me different from other leaders is that I am a doer. Within six months South Africa will be a happy country.”

Another new kid on the block is the BLF party, led by controversial politician Andile Mngxitama. BLF deputy president, Zanele Lwana says their party is the only hope for black people.

“We believe we carry the aspirations of black people in South Africa. We represent the black agenda of Radical Economic Transformation. We are confident that our supporters will give us the vote.”

They say if given a chance they will be able to end the circus in Parliament between African National Congress and Economic Freedom Fighters on the land issue.

Watch Zanele Lwana below:

A party which has been tipped to cause an upset after a strong by-election performance in the Eastern Cape, ATM has promised a strong showing at the 8 May election.

ATM president, Vuyolwethu Zungula says these elections are more than just social economic issues but more centred around the question of trust.

“These elections are centred around one key question: why should we trust you? It is a matter of trust. Because anyone can develop a policy document, but the key determinant is the trust issue.”

Meanwhile, the IEC has pledged political parties to continue to cooperate with the electoral body leading up to voting day until the proclamation of results.

IEC chairperson, Glen Mashinini says “Transparency comes with a certain measure of responsibility, only the Electoral Commission can announce the results of elections.”

Mashinini says they hope to announce the final election results at the ROC on Saturday 11 May 2019.