Parties have until Thursday to appeal IEC decision

epa04194656 An Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) official checks a ballot box at a polling station in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa, 07 May 2014. South Africans started voting in general elections expected to keep the ruling African National Congress in power, even if polls said it could lose votes over corruption and enduring poverty. About 25 million people were eligible to vote in the elections. EPA/CORNELL TUKIRI

The Electoral Commission says parties wanting to appeal its decision to dismiss objections lodged against candidates contesting the May General Elections have until the April 11 to do so.

Over 50 objections were lodged, but the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) upheld the PAC’s objection to its own candidate Alton Mphethi, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison, barring him from serving in any legislature.

The lists of candidates for the May polls are final at least for now.

The IEC says anyone who wants to appeal has until Thursday to do so.

Earlier, the electoral body released its findings on objections against ten political parties and one candidate, Alton Mpethi was disqualified.

The other objections were dismissed for failing to meet the constitutional and statutory criteria as they relate to unproven allegations

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