De Lille’s party mak­ing ‘good’ progress

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FOR­MER Cape Town mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille’s newly es­tab­lished “GOOD” party has fi­nalised its reg­is­tra­tion as a po­lit­i­cal party with the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of South Africa (IEC) and “ex­cel­lent progress” is be­ing made to build a base, pre­pare for a com­pet­i­tive 2019 elec­tion, and es­tab­lish na­tional lead­er­ship, she said yes­ter­day.

“The IEC no­ti­fied us this week that GOOD has been reg­is­tered and that reg­is­tra­tion is now sub­ject to a 30 day ap­peal pe­riod. We are now pre­par­ing for the com­pet­i­tive 2019 elec­tions which we plan to con­test ro­bustly,” De Lille said in a state­ment.

“We have opened a na­tional head of­fice in Good­wood in Cape Town which has be­come the nerve cen­tre of our na­tional op­er­a­tions. Staff and vol­un­teers at our head of­fice have been pro­cess­ing tens of thou­sands of mem­ber­ship ap­pli­ca­tions and pledges of sup­port, and we are cre­at­ing a na­tion­wide data­base of South Africans who en­thu­si­as­ti­cally em­brace our vi­sion and who have re­sponded to my call,” she said.

Later this com­ing week, GOOD would con­sti­tute its first na­tional lead­er­ship com­mit­tee (NLC), which would host a pol­icy con­fer­ence next week­end with del­e­gates from across the coun­try ex­pected to at­tend.

“On Sun­day 20 Jan­uary 2019, and at the con­clu­sion of the pol­icy con­fer­ence, we will an­nounce the com­po­si­tion of our na­tional lead­er­ship com­mit­tee and the pol­icy po­si­tions we have adopted,” De Lille said.

De Lille, said de­tails around the party’s launch were be­ing fi­nalised, but its pol­icy po­si­tion would be un­veiled at the same event where the na­tional lead­er­ship would be an­nounced.

“We are work­ing on the lo­gis­tics and look­ing at ei­ther Cape Town or Bloem­fontein as pos­si­ble cities to make the an­nounce­ment,” De Lille said. “The next step would be to look into the sec­ond draft of the man­i­festo as we would like to an­nounce the fi­nal ver­sion a week after the voter reg­is­tra­tion.”

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