24 March 2024

Candidate Lists for Inspection and Objections


You have two days to inspect the lists of candidates (party and independents) nominated to contest the 29 May elections and raise objections.

The provisional lists of candidates will be published for inspection on 26 and 27 March at the IEC’s national, provincial and local offices.

You can find the offices here.

The offices are open from 9 am to 5 pm.

According to the IEC, 14 662 candidates have been nominated to contest the 887 available seats in the National Assembly and nine provincial legislatures. 4323 candidates have been nominated to contest the compensatory seats in the National Assembly (contested by parties only); 3596 candidates have been nominated to contest the regional seats in the National Assembly (contested by party candidates and independents); 6743 candidates have been nominated to contest the compensatory seats in the nine provincial legislatures (contested by party candidates and independents).


Any person, including the Chief Electoral Officer, may make an objection.

Section 30 of the Electoral Act (73 of 1998) states that objections may be made on the following grounds:

-the candidate is not qualified to stand in the election;

-there is no prescribed acceptance of nomination signed by the candidate; or

-there is no prescribed undertaking, signed by the candidate, that the candidate is bound by the Code.

Sections 47 of the Constitution states that every voter is eligible to be a Member of the National Assembly except:

-Unrehabilitated insolvents

-A person declared to be of unsound mind by a court

-A person sentenced to more than 12 months imprisonment without a fine option, but only after an appeal, and this disqualification ends five years after the sentence is completed.


The Commission will decide on these objections on 28 March 2024. 

Any person, political party, or entity unsatisfied with the Commission's decision may approach the Electoral Court to appeal the objection decision. The Electoral Court’s appeals must be lodged by 02 April 2024. The Electoral Court will determine appeals relating to candidates on 9 April 2024.

With all compliance matters and objections relating to candidates resolved, the Electoral Commission will publish the final lists of candidates on 10 April 2024, and certificates of candidature will be issued to certified candidates on 12 April 2024. The conclusion of the candidate nomination process will set in motion the ballot paper printing project. 



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