Any party, candidate or objector aggrieved by the decision of the commission then has until April 11 2019 to appeal to the Electoral Court

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A TOTAL of 337 names have been put forward by political parties as candidates for the 2019 provincial election in the Northern Cape.

The candidates nominated by political parties for the national and provincial elections can be viewed on the Independent Election Commission’s website.

Objections to any of the candidates closed on Tuesday this week and the IEC will consider and make a determination on all objections and notify the objectors and affected parties of their finding by April 8 2019.

Any party, candidate or objector aggrieved by the decision of the commission then has until April 11 2019 to appeal to the Electoral Court.

The national and provincial elections, on May 8, will see voters not only selecting parties to represent them in the National Assembly but also in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, where a total of 30 seats need to be filled.

Currently, the ANC holds 20 seats in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, while the DA as the official opposition has seven. The only other two parties represented are the EFF with two seats and Cope with one seat.

For this May’s provincial elections, the African National Congress, the African Transformation Movement, the Democratic Alliance, the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Good party have all submitted the maximum of 30 names each.

The International Revelation Congress submitted 27 names, while the African People’s Convention as well as the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania submitted 25 names each, the African Christian Democratic Party (23 names), the Azanian People’s Organisation (16 names), the Aborginal Khoisan (13 names), Congress of the People (12 names), the Freedom Front Plus (11 names), African Content Movement (10 names), the United Democratic Movement (nine names), the Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party and the National Freedom Party (eight names each), the Afrikan Alliance of Social Democrats (seven names), the African Independent Congress (seven names) and the African Covenant (five names).

Number one on the male-dominated ANC’s list is Zumani Saul, who is primed to become the Province’s next premier, followed by Maruping Lekwene. Almost guaranteed a seat is former Sol Plaatje executive mayor Mangaliso Matika, who is number three on the ANC’s provincial list.

Current Premier Sylvia Lucas has been omitted from the provincial list but has been included on the party’s list for the National Assembly. She is ranked 76 on the national list, together with Tina Joemat-Pettersson (number 74) and Alvin Botes (number 56).

Another missing name is Fufe Makotong, the current MEC for Health.

The others in the top six are David Dichaba, Mosimanegare Mmoeimang, Gift van Staden, Bentley Vass, Mac Jack and Bernice Sinxeve, a former councillor at the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality.

It was reported earlier this week that the IEC has received a total of 53 objections to the nominations of candidates for Parliament as well as provincial legislatures. Among those who South Africans have objected to are Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

Nine political parties were affected.