PRETORIA, Feb 27– The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has gazetted the timetable for South Africa’s 2014 general election after meeting all major parties contesting the upcoming elections.
The parties have unanimously adopted the election timetable and their lists of candidates will be submitted by March 12.
While the parties have agreed to a timetable, one party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has given the IEC seven days to release the Treasury’s forensic report into the alleged irregular procurement of its headquarters or face court action.
The EFF also took the IEC to court on Tuesday in an effort to force it to review the deposit demanded from candidates wanting to contest the elections, arguing that the model adopted disadvantaged smaller parties.
Another meeting between the IEC and political parties is expected to take place on March 6. South Africans will head to the polls on May 7 this year.