12/03/2014 A message at the doors of the IEC's offices in Centurion moments after closing their doors following the deadline for political parties to submit their candidate lists. Picture: Phill Magakoe

Johannesburg - The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) is sifting through their data to determine how many parties will contest the May 7 elections, it said on Friday.

“We are busy working through the data; on Tuesday we counted 46 (political parties),” IEC spokeswoman Kate Bapela said.

“The officials are segregating the data because some of the political parties will contest in certain provinces (and not nationally). So officials have to make sure (every) party's information is correct.”

Bapela said she hoped the process would be completed by Friday.

The deadline for parties to submit their candidate lists and deposit cheques to contest the elections was 5pm on Wednesday.

Those contesting elections nationally had to pay R200 000 and R45 000 for each province.

Bapela said on Wednesday that the IEC would evaluate and verify the documents and candidate lists and inform all parties of any non-compliance by March 18.

“Political parties will then have until 24 March 2014 to rectify any non-compliance.

“The lists of candidates will then be made public from 28 March 2014 to 31 March 2014,” she said.

Members of the public and political parties had until April 1 to object to any candidate. - Sapa