- This year's ballot paper will feature almost 50 parties
- These include brand-new parties such as GOOD and ATM
- It remains to be seen whether these new players will be able to snatch a meaningful share of the vote, however
A total of 48 political parties will be contesting this year's election.
This is 19 more than the last time South Africans went to the polls.
Upstarts like ACM and ATM will join the established parties on the ballot paper.
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The ACM (African Content Movement) is the party launched by Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the former COO of the SABC who was largely blamed for many of the major issues at the broadcaster.
Despite his iffy leadership track record, he is confident about his electoral chances and has bold plans for South Africa, according to Eyewitness News.
Additionally, the new African Transformation Movement will also be fighting for votes. The ATM is led by Gupta-linked Mzwanele Manyi and has faced allegations that Jacob Zuma was involved in the party's founding, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Other small parties which will be vying for at least a few seats in the National Assembly include Patricia De Lille's GOOD, Andile Mngxitama's BLF, the Afrikan Security Congress and the African Alliance of Social Democrats.
Despite the crowded field, the bulk of the votes are expected to be won by the ANC, DA and EFF. However, depending on how many votes the smaller parties get, they may find themselves in significant positions regarding the formation of coalitions.
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