NOMINATION

 

The qualifications for being a nominee;

  • The person must have attained the age of eighteen (18) years.
  • The person must have registered in the chiefdom under the Inkhundla where he/she is a resident and where he/she is being nominated i.e. he should produce a valid voter’s card.
  • The person must be a Swazi citizen.

 

The disqualifications for being a nominee;

  • The candidate is adjudged or declared to be of unsound mind or insolvent under any law.
  • Is, for an act which is a criminal offence under the law of Swaziland, under sentence of death or life imprisonment imposed on that person by a court in any country for more than six (6) months.
  • Is a member of the armed forces or is holding or acting in any public office and has not been granted leave of absence for the duration of Parliament.
  • Is otherwise disqualified by law in force in Swaziland relating to general elections.

 

THE NOMINATION PROCEDURE

  • The chiefdom meeting is held on the day of the nomination.
  • The Chief or Indvuna (Chiefdom’s headman) introduces the Presiding Officer who in turn introduces the election officials.
  • The presiding Officer briefs the voters on how the nomination procedure will be conducted.
  • Nomination is open to all qualifying members of that chiefdom irrespective of their status in society.
  • The nomination takes place in an open meeting and the person nominating does so by a show of hand.
  • The opportunity to submit a nominee is only open to registered people of that particular chiefdom, with a valid voter card.
  • Each nomination is supported by at least 10 people from the chiefdom, as prescribed by the Constitution.
  • Nominees have to avail themselves in person to accept or reject the nomination.
  • A minimum of 3 and maximum of 20 in each category of the political offices are nominated and supported.
  • Nominees are free to withdraw their candidature in writing before 1600hrs on the day of nomination.
  • Photographs are taken to produce ballot papers.

 

VETTING OF ASPIRING CANDIDATES

Vetting is a process of performing a background check on a candidate and is done after the nomination. The objective is to ascertain that the candidate bears the qualifications as enshrined in the legal frame work and where the disqualifications apply, the candidature is withdrawn.

Fingerprints

Fingerprints of the candidates are taken for criminal record screening with the Royal Swaziland Police criminal database. Candidates who have at anytime been under;

  • The Prevention of Corruption Act, 2006;
  • The Prevention of organized Crime Act;
  • The Sexual Offence and Domestic Violence Act, 2013, or;
  • Any offence listed under the Fourth and Fifth schedules of the Criminals Procedure and Evidence Act, 1938.

Provided five years or more has not elapsed since the termination of the sentence of imprisonment, the candidate is disqualified to run for election (Elections Act 10 of 2013, Section 31 (8) (d).