CONTRARY to rumours that the ANC failed to register candidates in nine wards in Rustenburg, the party said it is represented in all wards across the province.
ANC provincial secretary, Dakota Legoete said: “We refute the reports that we failed to register wards councillors’ candidates for nine wards in Rustenburg. I am the one who deals with that in daily basis. So the reports are false.
“The party is ready for the local government elections. We are already on the ground canvassing. We are adamant that our people will vote for ANC as is the only movement that can change their lives,” Legoete said.
The ANC is also busy with a campaign to address the challenges faced in the nomination process.
Provincial chairperson, Supra Mahumapelo said: “We reached an agreement as ANC to visit all affected areas before elections and meet with communities. Those who have been erroneous registered will be recalled. We will make sure they sign resignation letters in a full view of the communities and on August 4, we will submit those resignation letters to IEC for by-elections.”
Allegations were that the party leadership imposed unpopular candidates in wards, causing a massive exodus of hopefuls who registered as independent candidates.
Mahumapelo added that they will take disciplinary actions against those who improperly elected wrong councillors’ candidates.
Meanwhile, IEC provincial chairperson, Dr Tumeloentle Thiba said close to 2 000 independent candidates have not submitted all required documents. She said things like identity documents, agreement forms from candidates were missing from application forms.
“We have liaised with them and we urged them to submit those needed documents. The closing date is approaching and we will soon reveal the names of all candidates soon. Close to 90 candidates has applied and 30 political parties have registered,” Dr Thiba said.
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