Don’t forget to make your mark

We are only one week away from voting day, 8 May, and most people still struggle with making up their minds.

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With the upcoming elections around the corner, there is a lot of insecurity as to what will happen. Who will win the election and will rate payers’ hard-earned money again be wasted on another strategic session like the recent Badplaas Strategic Planning Session?
This year’s election also sees the longest ballot in South African history with 49 registered parties, 19 more than in 2014, contesting for the top spot. This makes it very difficult for voters to choose whom to vote for. We are only one week away from voting day, 8 May, and most people still struggle with making up their minds.
The IEC, as with every previous election, promises a fair election. This year will be no different. The IEC continued with the draw to determine the first party on the ballot paper with all parties then following in alphabetical order, but with some parties’ names that could be confused, the IEC had two additional draws this year. These two draws were to ensure that there was no confusion for the voters and worked as follows: The first draw was to separate parties that have similarities in their names, acronyms and logos e.g. The African Independent Congress (AIC), The African National Congress (ANC) and The African People’s Convention (APC). These parties are also consecutive on the ballot.
It was decided and agreed upon that the party that drew the highest number would stay in alphabetical order on the ballot paper. The party that drew the smallest number would fall to the end of the ballot under the letter “A” and the party that drew the second highest number would be in the middle of the ballot under the letter “A”. The African Independent Congress (AIC) drew the highest number (position on the ballot paper: between the African Democratic Change and African Renaissance Unity parties), The African People’s Convention (APC) drew the smallest number and The African National Congress (ANC) drew the second highest number and therefore lost its position in the alphabetical order and was placed in the middle of the list of parties starting with the letter “A”. The second draw was to select the party that will be at the top of the ballot. This draw was won by The African Security Congress (ASC). These draws took place on 20 March at Gallagher Estate.
It is your constitutional right to vote. Use your vote to exercise your right and make your voice heard!
The parties that will contest the national elections (in alphabetical order) are:

  1. AFRICAN CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY
  2. AFRICAN CONGRESS OF DEMOCRATS
  3. AFRICAN CONTENT MOVEMENT
  4. AFRICAN COVENANT
  5. AFRICAN DEMOCRATIC CHANGE
  6. AFRICAN INDEPENDENT CONGRESS
  7. AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
  8. AFRICAN PEOPLE’S CONVENTION
  9. AFRICAN RENAISSANCE UNITY
  10. AFRICAN SECURITY CONGRESS
  11. AFRICAN TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT
  12. AFRIKAN ALLIANCE OF SOCIAL DEMOCRATS
  13. AGANG SOUTH AFRICA
  14. AL JAMA-AH
  15. ALLIANCE FOR TRANSFORMATION FOR ALL
  16. AZANIAN PEOPLE’S ORGANISATION
  17. BETTER RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
  18. BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST
  19. CAPITALIST PARTY OF SOUTH AFRICA
  20. CHRISTIAN POLITICAL MOVEMENT
  21. COMPATRIOTS OF SOUTH AFRICA
  22. CONGRESS OF THE PEOPLE
  23. DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE
  24. DEMOCRATIC LIBERAL CONGRESS
  25. ECONOMIC EMANCIPATION FORUM
  26. ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS
  27. FORUM 4 SERVICE DELIVERY
  28. FREE DEMOCRATS
  29. FRONT NASIONAAL/FRONT NATIONAL
  30. GOOD
  31. INDEPENDENT CIVIC ORGANISATION OF SOUTH AFRICA
  32. INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY
  33. INTERNATIONAL REVELATION CONGRESS
  34. LAND PARTY
  35. MINORITY FRONT
  36. NATIONAL FREEDOM PARTY
  37. NATIONAL PEOPLES AMBASSADORS
  38. NATIONAL PEOPLE’S FRONT
  39. PAN AFRICANIST CONGRESS OF AZANIA
  40. PATRIOTIC ALLIANCE
  41. PEOPLE’S REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT
  42. POWER OF AFRICANS UNITY
  43. SOCIALIST REVOLUTIONARY WORKERS PARTY
  44. SOUTH AFRICAN MAINTANANCE AND ESTATE BENEFICIARIES ASSOCIATION
  45. SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS OF TRADITIONAL AUTHORITIES
  46. UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT
  47. VRYHEIDSFRONT PLUS
  48. WOMEN FORWARD
    Sources: https://www.elections.org.za and IEC Facebook page – Ané Prinsloo

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