Independent candidates can now contest general elections

Johannesburg -The Constitutional Court has declared a section of the Electoral Act as unconstitutional. This will pave a way for independent candidates to contest provincial and national elections.

In the past, only political parties were allowed to contest polls provincially and nationally, while independent candidates were only allowed to contest for local government.

NGO New Nation Movement wanted the electoral act to be amended to allow independent candidates to run in provincial and national elections.

The Electoral Act has been declared unconstitutional for not allowing individuals to stand for election.

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