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The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs called for public comment on the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill [B22–2020].
The Bill seeks to amend three pieces of legislation, namely, the Electoral Commission Act, the Electoral Act and the Local Government Municipal Electoral Act [view summary below].
Have your say – shape this draft amendment.
View the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee’s follow-up meetings
Read the full submission from the Institute of Race Relations here.
The draft Bill seeks to amend;
- Electoral Commission Act, 1996, so as to insert certain definitions; to streamline the provisions for the registration of political parties;
- to provide for the registration of parties in respect of particular provinces, district and metropolitan municipalities and to repeal provisions relating to registration of parties in respect of particular local municipalities;
- to repeal obsolete provisions • Electoral Act, 1998, so as to insert certain definitions;
- to amend the provisions regarding public access to the voters’ roll; to update references to repealed legislation;
- to amend provisions allowing voters to vote in a voting district where they are not registered;
- to amend provisions relating to the submission of lists of candidates;
- to amend provisions relating to special votes in elections
- for the National Assembly;
- to authorise the Commission to prescribe a different voting method ;
- to amend provisions relating to the procedure concerning provisional results and voting materials;
- to provide for the limited applicability of the Code; to amend Schedule 3; and
- local Government: Municipal Electoral Act, 2000, so as to insert and delete certain definitions;
- to amend the requirements for parties contesting elections by way of party lists and for a ward candidate to contest elections;
- to authorise the Commission to prescribe a different voting procedure for those voters whose names appear on the voters’ roll, without addresses;
- to authorise the Commission to prescribe a different voting method;
- to amend provisions relating to the effect of certain irregularities, and to provide for matters connected therewith.
IN THE MEDIA
- Parliament of RSA – media release
- [listen] ChaiFM – New Blue Review with Benji Shulman (Rob Hutchinson as guest)
- IRR – SA must urgently oppose a seemingly innocuous Bill that could threaten free and fair elections
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