Independent candidates aim to end shattered political party system

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One of those supporters of this ideology is Tshiamo Malatji, a 23-year-old activist and community organizer based in Bloemfontein, who is running for elections in Ward 19 of Mangaung Metro as an independent candidate.

Ward 19 includes the high-student areas of Willows, Westdene and the central business district of Bloemfontein.

Malatji, who is one of the seven contenders on the metro, says that emerging problems in the metro are in some cases absorbed by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) struggling with financial constraints in the city, one of which is for which he works.

Malatji says things in Ward 19 have worsened over the years as the government fails to step up and help the homeless, unemployed and entrepreneurs whose lives have been shattered as a result of Covid-19 in these areas .

He believes that because local activists deal with these issues on a daily basis, they are the ones who should stand for election.

Her feelings come after the South African Election Commission (CEI) told OFM News it had 134 independent candidates registered for the election, up from 81 in 2016.

This amounts to an increase of 53 applicants.

The number of independent candidates in the North Cape for the November 1 elections doubled from 34 to 72 in 2016.

CEI North Cape spokesman Elken Topken told OFM News they were delighted to see many more independent candidates running.

In September, the IEC announced that the candidacy fees for the 2021 local elections remained unchanged from those for the 2016 municipal elections.

Candidates affiliated with a party who stand for election in a metropolitan, local and district municipality are expected to pay R3500, R2000 and R1000 respectively.

Independent candidates and party-affiliated candidates who fail to stand for proportional representation (PR) pay R1000.

Political parties contesting all elections across the country must post a bond of R482,000 for a total of 4,725 elections and ballots.

The CEI says that these figures, although appearing to be significant, in fact reflect a substantial drop in the amounts of deposits since the municipal elections of 2011.

The CEI has announced the establishment of new voting management systems for these municipal elections.

They also pledged to ensure that all protocols related to Covid-19 are respected, as the election period approaches.

The elections take place on November 1, while the special vote begins on October 30 and ends on the 31st.

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