The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it is vital for Parliament to speed up the process of amending the current Electoral Act to avoid problems in the next general election in 2024.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has welcomed the judgment handed down by the Constitutional Court that declares parts of the Electoral Act unconstitutional.
The Constitutional Court judgment, which declared that independent candidates can contest the national elections, has been widely welcomed. Independent candidates were only allowed to contest local government elections previously.
The Constitutional Court has declared the Electoral Act unconstitutional – meaning independent candidates are allowed to contest for national and provincial elections without being a member of a political party.
Is the Electoral Act unconstitutional to the extent that it does not provide for adult citizens to be elected to the National and Provincial Legislatures as independent candidates?
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the Electoral Commission, Sy Mamabolo has sent a stark warning to voters over breaching the Electoral Act by removing the ink from their thumbs. Mamabolo says this is a punishable offence, and those convicted are liable to a 10-year jail sentence. “The indelible ink is one of the security checks built […]
One of the parliamentary opposition parties, the Congress of the People (COPE) has called for the changes in the Electoral Act to allow for a President to be elected directly by voters.
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has called on party members to be vigilant against acts of electoral fraud.
Former Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament Lindiwe Mazibuko has called for an active citizenry to take up the matter of electoral reform even to the Constitutional Court.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has warned that any model of an electoral system South Africa will adopt is bound to have serious political ramifications in the current democratic dispensation.