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Various Political Parties Express Discontent with Election Timetable, Seek Meeting with IEC



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Over ten political parties, primarily new formations like Build One SA (BOSA), the Umkhonto weSizwe Party, and Rise Mzansi, have expressed dissatisfaction with the election timetable and requested an urgent meeting with the Electoral Commission (IEC). Bantu Holomisa’s United Democratic Movement (UDM) also joins the chorus of concerns, highlighting issues that could impact the integrity and inclusivity of the 29 May polls. In a letter seen by Eyewitness News, the parties seek discussions on various aspects, including the election timetable, signature requirements, identity documents, registration fee deadline, and voter education.

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On Monday, the IEC unveiled its timetable of deadlines for candidates. However, the UDM, African Transformation Movement (ATM), and other new entrants into the political arena are raising objections over the compressed election timetable. They argue that the allotted time is insufficient to fully meet the IEC’s requirements. Additionally, they criticise the threshold of signatures as a barrier to entry for emerging parties, potentially hindering the principles of a multi-party system and disproportionately affecting new and smaller parties.

Nhlamulo Ndlela of the MK party expressed concerns about the confusion surrounding the required forms, thresholds, and signatures, suggesting that the current approach may compromise the fairness of the electoral process. The parties have proposed a meeting with the IEC within 48 hours to address these issues.

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