Sun. Apr 21st, 2024

Fikile Mbalula, the secretary-general of the African National Congress (ANC), announced that 50% of the candidate list for provincial legislatures and Parliament will be retained after a thorough assessment of screening, integrity, and performance. The decision aims to ensure continuity, taking into account the performance of existing members. The National Executive Committee (NEC) is set to hold a special extended meeting at Birchwood Conference Centre in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, on Monday to finalize the candidate lists for the 2024 general elections.

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe led the ANC’s electoral commission, overseeing the meticulous process, following the recommendation of the Integrity Commission to exclude 97 members implicated in the State Capture Report from the 2024 election candidates list.

In a doorstep interview, Mbalula mentioned that a report from the committee would be received regarding the list. Despite the strict process, he assured the media that the report would be finalized by Friday, and queries about the list would be addressed post the completion of the process.

Mbalula emphasized the rigorous nature of the ANC’s list process, conducted across various party structures, culminating in the National List Conference to conclude the list. He highlighted that each candidate underwent interviews, with a focus on performance and continuity, following the party’s guidelines to ensure the integrity of vetoing and screening processes. The elections are scheduled for May 29, 2024.

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