summary

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  • to amend the provisions regarding public access to the voters’ roll; to update references to repealed legislation;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.