Landmark Ruling For South Africa's Independent Poll Candidates

The Constitutional Court has made its ruling on challenges to the Electoral Amendment Act on how independent candidates will contest in the upcoming 2024 general elections, GroundUp reports.

The court set aside the requirement for independent candidates to get the signatures of 15% of the people living in the region they are contesting, in order to be eligible to stand for the 2024 provincial and national elections.

In a majority judgment, the court ruled that only 1,000 signatures are required, with Justice Jody Kollapen cautioning that the gains made in the Electoral Amendment Act, which for the first time allows for independent candidates to contest elections, would be "hollow" if Parliament put up barriers.


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