Requirements for Nomination as Candidate for Regional Council Elections

In terms of the Electoral Act, No. 5 of 2014,

A person may only be nominated as a candidate for election as a member of a regional council if the person –
(a) qualifies to be a member of a regional council as contemplated in section 6 of the Regional Councils Act;
(b) is nominated, in a manner as hereinafter provided, either –
(i) as a member of a registered political party, by the politicalparty; or
(ii) as an independent candidate whose nomination is supported by at least 150 registered voters in the constituency for which the nomination is intended.

(2) A person may not at a general election or, if more than one by-election for members of regional councils take place on the same day, be nominated as a candidate in more than one constituency.

Submission of nomination as candidate for regional council elections
A nomination as candidate for a regional council election may be submitted to the returning officer for a constituency at any time after the publication of the appropriate proclamation in terms of section 64(1)(a)(ii) of the Electoral Act, No. 5 of 2014, but before the close of the sitting.

Upon the nomination day and at the place and time determined in respect of any constituency, the returning officer concerned must in accordance with section 81 hold a public sitting for the submission of the nomination of candidates for a regional council election for that constituency.

A candidate for an election as a member of a regional council is regarded as having been duly nominated if –

(a) his or her nomination is made in the prescribed form and –

(i) in the case of a candidate nominated by a registered political party, duly signed by the person who is the authorized representative of the political party or any other office-bearer of the political party authorised thereto in writing by the authorised representative and stamped with the seal of the

political party; or

(ii) in the case of an independent candidate, duly signed by any two persons whose names appear on the list referred to in paragraph (e) of this subsection; and

(iii) is accompanied by a photo of the candidate, in the form and of the colours as may be acceptable to the returning officer, but subject to any requirements laid down by the Commission;

(b) the candidate consents to the nomination by any instrument in writing before the close of the sitting; and

(c) the nomination is accompanied by a receipt that an amount of N$ 2500 has been deposited with the State Revenue Fund by or on behalf of the registered political party or candidate; and

(d) in the case of a nomination by a registered political party, the nomination is accompanied by a copy of the registration certificate of the political party concerned and certified as such by a justice of the peace or a commissioner of oaths; or

(e) in the case of a nomination as an independent candidate, there is submitted to the returning officer concerned, not later than four o’clock in the afternoon of the second day before the nomination day, a list containing the names, voter registration numbers and residential addresses of, and signed by, the persons supporting the nomination of the candidate referred to in section 79(1)(b)(ii), none of whom has already signed in support of any other candidate in respect of the election concerned.

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