DA, EFF objects as Parliament edges closer to finalising Electoral Amendment Bill

The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs is now expected to adopt the report before referring it to the National Assembly. By Molefe Seeletsa Parliament has resolved outstanding issues regarding the Electoral Amendment Bill and is gearing itself up to approve the legislation. The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs met on Friday to discuss outstanding issues and […]

Time to talk bluntly about Parliament’s blatant Stalingrad tactics on electoral reform

By Michael Louis Dr Michael Louis is the Chairperson of the One South Africa Movement (OSA). _____________________________________________________________________________ Over the past decade and more, we’ve heard much reference to the concept of “Stalingrad” legal strategy — particularly in reference to the likes of former president Jacob Zuma and embattled Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. It is a long-term […]

Electoral bill remains ‘unconstitutional’ – Independent Candidate Association

(Watch the Video Interview) How many people wasted their votes at the last local government elections in 2021? Dr Michael Louis chats to Michael from BizNews in a wide-ranging interview where Michael Louis explains the genesis of the June 2020 concourt ruling on how the bill of rights which gives the individual the right to […]

Electoral Amendment Bill is still unconstitutional, say opponents

IEC meets with Independent Candidate Association South Africa

Civil society organisations to make a last-ditch effort to get the bill changed Civil society organisations will be making a last-ditch effort to amend the Electoral Amendment Bill to address what they regard as its unconstitutional aspects, but with parliament’s home affairs committee had decided on most issues there seems little prospect of success at […]

OPINION | Michael Louis: The electoral bill remains deeply unconstitutional

The electoral bill remains deeply unconstitutional

In light of the current state of our nation engulfed by failing infrastructure, an ailing economy, stagnant unemployment, rising inflation, unabated corruption, and unaccountable politicians – we have a rare and timeless chance to change it all. Before us is a six-month window of opportunity to create a legislative framework for us as the electorate […]

Electoral Amendment Bill: ConCourt hands Parliament ‘lifeline’

  The Constitutional Court granted Parliament a six-month extension to amend the Electoral Act. Parliament requested the extension after it could not process the bill on time, which was tabled by Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi in January. OSA said the extension was a “lifeline” to Parliament after it “dragged its feet for two years”. […]

Civil Society agrees on next steps to change electoral system before 2024 elections

Joint Statement by civil society organisations This past Friday, 27 May 2022, a large cohort of civil society organisations held a roundtable discussion to deliberate and decide on a collective approach to the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament. This gathering took place just two weeks ahead of the 11 June 2022 deadline set by […]