2021 elections: IFP presents more than 2,500 candidates, contesting 105 municipalities


IFP supporters campaigning in Durban in this year’s by-elections.

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  • The IFP is prepared and ready for the next municipal elections.
  • The party will present 2,570 candidates in 105 municipalities.
  • He expressed concern about political violence in KZN.

The IFP on Wednesday called for peaceful elections when it declared itself ready for the municipal elections on November 1.

IFP National Campaign Committee Chairman Narend Singh confirmed they were “ready for the election” and would field a total of 2,570 candidates, including 1,376 constituency candidates and 1,192 candidates for election. proportional representation.

“We will also be running in 105 municipalities across the country. We will not present any independent candidate, ”he told media at IFP headquarters in Durban.

Singh said the party was concerned about security concerns and election-related violence.

“Clashes have already been reported in the media between supporters of various political parties, which is very worrying. The IFP wishes to appeal for calm and to all South Africans to respect the constitutional right to vote and participation of their fellow citizens. in the activities of a political party of their choice.

KwaZulu-Natal, where the IFP is the official opposition and has its main constituency, experienced campaign-related violence over the past week.

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Two DA officials were hijacked and their electoral vehicle was set on fire, without any of their personal effects being taken away.

Last weekend, members of the EFF and the ANC clashed in Dambuza, Pietermaritzburg, during an electoral visit by EFF leader Julius Malema.

Narend Singh.

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“After the July unrest and the devastation left in its wake, we would like to implore all South Africans to do their part to ensure a peaceful election – not only on Election Day, but as candidates and parties across the board ‘South Africa are continuing their campaign activities, “Singh said.

He said the party would look to the South African Election Commission (IEC) to manage the elections and ensure they are held “free of violence and intimidation”.

“We, as IFP, expect the CEI to rise to the challenge and we will monitor them closely.”

Singh said they were also disturbed by the holding of an election.

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“It is well known that the IFP was in favor of postponing these elections until 2022, in order to ensure the health and safety of all those involved – officials, political parties and their volunteers, as well as all voters.

Security

“Although the postponement request has been rescinded, IFP’s concern for the health and safety of all South Africans remains. We are committed to respecting all health and safety precautions related to Covid-19 during our campaign, as well as on election day. We would like to remind the IEC to do the same, as well as our fellow political parties and independent candidates. “

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He reiterated the party’s position on the decision of the Constitutional Court which allowed the reopening of the candidate nomination process.

“We would like to re-state officially that we disagree with the recent judgment of the Constitutional Court. The court’s opinion was that the extension of the deadline for candidates is in line with the legislative regime and would enhance freedom and fairness elections.

“The IFP considers this judgment unfortunate, but will comply with the court ruling. We will also be closely monitoring the elections to ensure that they are, in fact, free and fair.”

The party will organize the launch of its manifesto on September 30.


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