- The ruling party has announced that it has finalised its list of prospective members for Parliament
- The ANC will now subject the list to a vetting process, eliminating any unfavourable members
- The party will announce the final list towards the end of January and will hand the list over to the IEC closer to the elections
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The ANC has finalised its list of almost 200 members who have been nominated to serve in Parliament, should the ruling party win the upcoming general elections.
The list will now be subjected to vetting, a process which aims to cull out any members who are unfit to serve on behalf of the party.
ANC NEC officials as well as Dakota Legoete and Zizi Kodwa, who are the acting spokespeople for the party, has announced the results of the list conference after a meeting in KZN.
The African National Congress announced that 800 names had been discussed and that the top 25% of the people on the provincial list will go into a ‘safe zone’.
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Despite this, the ANC has avoided mentioning any names not even a few of the top canidates.
"The number on the list means nothing at the moment. You can only be on the safe zone if the ANC wins the elections," said Kodwa in response to a question.
"We are not at the stage where we have dealt with vetting. There is [also] another stage where each candidate must either accept or decline," Legoete had added.
According to Legoete, this included controversial members such as ex-president Jacob Zuma who had made it to 74 on the list prior to the conference.
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Legoete went on to say that the final confirmation will be announced before the end of the month and those who made it onto the list would have to meet the following criteria in order to be elected:
- enhance the integrity of the ANC,
- be a member of the party in good standing,
- have experience, education or expertise to create constructive input in Parliament,
- have no criminal record after 1996 that resulted in a sentence of 12 months or more, without an option to pay a fine,
- have no history of ill-discipline or corruption,
- have no history of involvement in fostering divisions and conflict,
- have no other breaches of the ANC code of conduct
The party further revealed that 50 % of the candidates must be female, while every third name must be a member who has specialised skills for their prospective field.
The party also aims to increase the representation of members under the age of 40, aiming for 20% with an eye to increase it to 30% over time.
Adding to this a minimum of 40% of the names must be either former or current MPs, MPLs or councillors.
The final list will be handed over to the IEC ( Electoral Commission of South Africa) before the May elections.
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