Having adjudicated on the objections against candidates nominated to stand for the 2019 national and provincial elections, the South African Electoral Commission (IEC) has upheld one complaint and dismissed more than 50 others.
This revelation was made by IEC commissioner Mosotho Moepya at a media briefing in Sandton on Tuesday. He said there were about 52 objections lodged with the IEC against candidates from ten registered political parties.
The electoral body dismissed all but one objection - which was regarding PAC candidate Alton Mphethi who was sentenced to prison for 18 months. “This candidate was sentenced on June 7 2015 to 18 months imprisonment without the option of a fine.
This disqualifies him from holding any elected office to the national assembled or provincial legislature.”“The commission dismissed all other objections for failing to meet the constitutional and statutory criteria.
The majority of these objections related to unproven allegations,” said Moepya.