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 […]

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”. […]

Electoral reform bill: Independent candidates want to champion service for South Africans failed by politics accreditation

Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee will consider submissions on the Electoral Amendment Bill. In June 2020, a Constitutional Court ruling declared the Electoral Act unconstitutional. The committee is on a drive to present amendments to adhere to the directive of the Constitutional Court. Independent candidates running for political office removes the notion that South Africans must […]

The parody that is public participation in South Africa laid bare at Electoral Bill hearings

The public hearings into government’s proposed new Electoral Bill have thus far been something of a farce, totally ignoring the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the inclusion of independent candidates in elections. Last week the much-anticipated public hearings into government’s proposed new Electoral Bill commenced, affording South Africans the opportunity to have their say on which […]

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 […]