Record 48 parties to contest elections

Political parties contesting the 2019 elections gathered at Gallagher Estate in Midrand to sign the IEC's Code of Conduct. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - A record 48 political parties will contest the May 8 election, the IEC has revealed.

Twenty-three others were disqualified after failing to meet all set requirements.

On Wednesday, almost all the eligible parties signed a compulsory pledge binding them to the promotion of conditions conducive to free and fair elections.

WATCH: Political parties sign the IEC code of conduct

With 19 more political parties to process this time around than in the previous election – the IEC’s organisational skills were stretched to the limit.

One by one, presidential hopefuls took turns committing their respective parties to a climate of tolerance, free political campaigning and open public debate.

And some of the newcomers exploited their maiden opportunity to present their message.