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 […]

LETTER TO PARLIAMENT’S HOME AFFAIRS COMMITTEE | Electoral Amendment Bill process was flawed

LETTER TO PARLIAMENT’S HOME AFFAIRS COMMITTEE | Electoral Amendment Bill process was flawed We write with grave concern that there has been a failure to meet these constitutional standards in the public participation process concerning the Electoral Amendment Bill, writes a group of civil organisations.   Dear Mr Chabane Last month, the much-anticipated public hearings into […]

Parliament fails again, putting party ahead of country in electoral reform bill

Hot in the Kitchen Much? Three months to go: MPs’ last-minute rush to meet Concourt deadline torpedoes public participation Parliament’s public hearings on the crucial Electoral Amendment Bill were more of a public relations exercise than responsible action in the public interest. What should have been a thoughtful consultation across the country about how independent […]

The ANC kiss of death

by R.W. Johnson RW Johnson says the DA would be unlikely to survive a coalition with ANC ‘reformists’ When I last wrote a piece about the DA I found, to my surprise, that I was accused of having some personal animus against Helen Zille because it was argued, I had once unsuccessfully applied for a job with the DA. All parts of this […]

Valli Moosa | My vote must actually count

A proposed new electoral system is complex to understand, complicated to implement, and less fair than the current systems for national, provincial and municipal government, writes Valli Moosa. Free and fair elections. This is one of the greatest successes of the South African democracy. A new electoral system is under consideration by Parliament at present and […]

Inclusive Society Institute says Electoral Bill does not respond to society’s expectations for fundamental electoral reform

THE Inclusive Society Institute says the current Electoral Amendment Bill does not adequately respond to society’s expectations for fundamental electoral reform. This was the position advanced by the civil society group when it made its submission to the parliamentary public hearing on the Electoral Amendment Bill this week. The home affairs portfolio committee is in […]

Time to make proper provision for all Electoral Candidates

Electoral Amendment Bill under consideration ignores the Constitutional Court directive for Parliament to pass a law to include independent candidates in all our legislative bodies   CAPE TOWN – When the current fighting over the appropriate scope of the legislation to include independent candidates into all our legislative bodies stops, Parliament and civil society organisations […]