IEC elections results centre in Pretoria. Picture: GCIS
IEC elections results centre in Pretoria. Picture: GCIS

South Africans will know after 5pm on Wednesday which political parties will contest the 2019 national and provincial elections.

The elections will take place on May 8 and are expected to be hotly contested. This will especially be the case in Gauteng where the ANC risks falling below the majority threshold in SA’s economic hub. 

According to the election timetable, only those registered political parties that have paid their deposits and submitted candidate lists by 5pm will be allowed to contest the elections.

By 9am on Tuesday, 22 political parties had registered, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said, while about 34 parties had indicated that they would contest. 

Parties also have until the close of business on Wednesday to submit their lists of candidates to become the party’s representatives in the National Assembly, the National Council of Provinces, and in the provincial legislatures. 

The IEC said lists must contain no more than 400 candidates for the national election and no more than the total number of representatives for each provincial legislature. 

After the lists have been submitted, the IEC has until March 19 to advise parties of any non-compliance in respect of candidate lists, which must be rectified by March 25.

The final list of candidates will be published by the IEC on March 29.