The Van Zyl Slabbert Fee on Electoral Reform has proposed a brand new electoral system, because the Constitutional Court docket discovered the present electoral course of unconstitutional.
That is in keeping with the Metropolis Press, which referenced a report compiled by the fee that really useful main modifications to the election of members of the Nationwide Meeting.
The principle advice of the report was that 300 out of the 400 members of the Nationwide Meeting be elected in constituencies and solely 100 in keeping with the present system of occasion illustration.
In June 2020, the present electoral system was discovered to be unconstitutional and Parliament was ordered to amend the legislation regarding the election of ministers by July 2022.
The modifications proposed by the fee would offer much more voter illustration and cut back the sway political events have over the composition of the Nationwide Meeting.
This might additionally create room for extra impartial candidates elected from their numerous constituencies.
These proposed modifications observe a draft invoice tabled earlier this month by the Congress of the Individuals (Cope) that goals to take care of the identical drawback.
This invoice additionally really useful the election of the inclusion of impartial candidates in elections.
The Unbiased Electoral Fee (IEC) has continued engaged on doable options that may amend the legislation consistent with the court docket ruling in opposition to the electoral system final yr.
No matter new electoral system is accepted by Parliament, this might be carried out for the following parliamentary election in 2024.
New voting machines
Many different modifications have been proposed for enhancing the effectivity of elections in South Africa – together with common nationwide elections.
The IEC just lately confirmed it was procuring new voter ID scanning units to be used throughout registration and voting, in addition to digital voting cubicles.
In November 2019, the IEC stated it will quickly be issuing a young to obtain 60,000 transportable units to switch the ageing present registration units popularly often called “zip-zip machines”.
The zip-zip machines are purely to assist election officers rapidly match a voter to the roll at explicit stations by scanning their ID doc’s barcode.
Nonetheless, this machine is just not linked to a bigger database of all voters, which suggests it ineffective for stopping double-voting.
The IEC needed new units that supplied two main advantages – making certain voters are registered on the right stations and stopping double voting.
These options are enabled by geo-location mapping and GMS connectivity assist on the brand new units.
Digital voting cubicles
The IEC is testing an digital voting machine that may print a receipt reflecting the voter’s selections.
This would offer a voter-verifiable audit path system, as as soon as the voter has double-checked that the data is right, the receipt might be validated with a singular stamp earlier than being positioned in a poll field.
The counting of those receipts, and votes typically, is about to stay a guide course of, the IEC has said.
That is as a result of visible assure it provides political events, which the IEC maintains makes it the absolute best system for counting votes in an election.