Ramaphosa’s electoral reform headache as December deadline looms

by Michael Appel Opposition to the electoral amendment bill, in its current form, continues to grow, with Ramaphosa under increasing pressure to act before the 10 December deadline. In June 2020, the Constitutional Court ordered Parliament to make the necessary legislative changes to the existing electoral law, which makes it impossible for an independent candidate to […]

OPINION | The ‘Kairos’ moment: Our last chance for electoral reform

By Michael Louis Michael Louis calls on civil society and the public to make submissions on the electoral amendment bill, writing that we must collaborate and stand firm to make the best of this opportunity that will not come around again in this generation. When I – along with many others – began the legal […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why proposed amendments to SA’s electoral system favour the governing ANC

 IMAGE: Right – A woman leaves a voting station after casting her vote during the local government elections in Alexandra, Johannesburg, South Africa, on 1 November 2021. (Photo: EPA-EFE / KIM LUDBROOK) By Pierre de Vos In June 2020, the Constitutional Court instructed Parliament to amend the electoral system within 24 months to allow independent […]