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Municipal Electoral Amendment Bill Tabled

September 7, 2015

Department of Home Affairs

Proposed legislation designed to allow for the electronic submission of candidate nominations and party lists for local government elections has been tabled in parliament.

The Local Government: Municipal Electoral Amendment Bill seeks to amend the Local Government: Municipal Electoral Act of 2000.

The bill also aims to:

• Define an expression and amend a definition;
• Amend provisions relating to the nomination of candidates;
• Provide for different modalities for payment of electoral deposits;
• Provide for the notification of interested parties where a candidate has been nominated by more than one person or party;
• Clarify the circumstances in which marked ballot papers may be cancelled at the instance of voters; and
• Clarify the provisions relating to the determination and declaration of the results of by-elections.

The portfolio committee on home affairs will now process the bill.