Residents in Pretoria yesterday expressed mixed views during the public hearings on the Electoral Amendment Bill, which seeks to allow independent candidates to contest provincial and national elections.
The parliamentary portfolio committee on home affairs hosted the hearing in Hammanskraal to solicit public views on the introduction of independent candidates in the general election.
In June 2020, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Electoral Act 73 of 1998 was unconstitutional for prohibiting independent candidates from participating in the national elections.
Committee chairperson Steve Chabane said the court directed Parliament to correct that anomaly within 24 months.
Yesterday’s hearing marked the last leg of the exercise in Gauteng after the committee had already been in West Rand District and the City of Ekurhuleni.