How Many Parties And Independent Candidates Will Participate In The National Assembly Elections?

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

Contrary to what was expected only five parties and one independent candidate participated in the presidential election. It would be interesting to know how many parties and independent candidates will participate in the national assembly election. This could pose challenges to the IEC which did not feature during the presidential election.

One issue that civil society has to address is that of the ballot drums. For the sake of fairness they should have the same size of holes to facilitate easy insertion of marbles. They should also be placed in alphabetical order at the polling station. Civil society should also find out who is given the responsibility of manufacturing the drums and gauge whether they are politically neutral. During the presidential election some holes had to be widened because they were not big enough to enable the insertion of marbles. This should not happen during the National Assembly elections.