In terms of the Election Timetable published last week, political parties intending to contest the 7 May national and provincial elections have the period from the proclamation of elections until the date determined in terms of the timetable to submit their candidate lists and pay their deposits to the Electoral Commission (IEC).
The period for submission of candidates, supporting documentation and election deposits ends at 5pm on Wednesday 12 March 2014. Parties contesting the election of the National Assembly may submit regional lists and national list or just regional lists. Those contesting the provincial elections must submit a list of candidates for each provincial election.
The lists of candidates may not exceed the number of seats in the respective legislative bodies, for example the number of candidates on the national list of the National Assembly must not exceed 200 as this is the number of seats reserved for the national list allocation.
There will be no opportunity to supplement the lists of candidates following the declaration of results. In the event that a party wins more seats than the number of candidates on their list such extra unallocated seats will be forfeited.
Parties contesting all elections will therefore submit 19 lists (1 national, 9 regional and 9 provincial). With an election imminent, the Commission must determine the reserved number of regional seats per province. The regional lists are used to determine half of the 400 seats in the National Assembly.
Source: South African Official News