ANC rejects public's objection to election lists, says they are invalid

ANC rejects public's objection to election lists, says they are invalid

- The ANC has dismissed the complaints regarding its election lists

- The party says the complaints do not meet the standards of the Electoral Act

- However, the ANC says it will accept the IEC's decision regarding the matter

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The ANC has rejected some of the complaints lodged against some of its election list candidates, claiming that the complaints are "procedurally flawed" and have no "legal or constitutional basis".

This comes after the IEC informed the ANC of the complaints this week.

The ANC's election lists have received significant public criticism due to their inclusion of several candidates implicated in corruption, including Nomvula Mokonyane and Malusi Gigaba.

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Gwede Mantashe and David Mabuza, two of the ANC's top six members, were among those who received complaints, as did Zizi Kodwa and Bathabile Dlamini, among others. 

While the majority of the complaints related to state capture, others concerned allegations of theft, rape and fraud.

However, the ANC maintains that these objections are not valid as they did not meet the requirements set out in section 30 of the Electoral Act, according to the Mail & Guardian.

For example, the ANC argues that they were not informed about the complaints in a manner which complied with the Act, has gathered.

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Additionally, an ANC spokesperson told the public on Wednesday that the ruling party was confident that its candidates all met the Electoral Act's requirements, despite the complaints against them.

However, the party says it will respect the IEC's final decision on the matter.

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The lists for this year's national election are expected to be finalised by 23 April.

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