Tag: electoral reform

Outcome of electoral law challenge ‘in God’s hands’

After two days of intense debate on matters which directly affect next year’s general election and go to the heart of South Africa’s democratic system, the Constitutional Court yesterday reserved judgment on two applications challenging the constitutionality of the Electoral Act. With the clock ticking into the limited time available […]

Fresh bid to overturn electoral law in apex court

Originally published in Business Day An urgent application was lodged yesterday with the Constitutional Court by One Movement SA (OSA) to have sections of the Electoral Amendment Act declared invalid and unconstitutional. This follows a similar application lodged in May by the Independent Candidates Association. The respondents in the OSA […]

It’s ‘back to court’, say civil society groups after president signs contentious Electoral Amendment Bill

President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the controversial Electoral Amendment Bill into law yesterday, calling the move “a significant milestone in the evolution of our democracy”. But the New Nation Movement (NNM) who precipitated a 2020 Constitutional Court ruling requiring the Electoral Act to be amended to accommodate independent candidates, says the […]

Citizens must be educated about their Constitutional rights says New Nation Movement in submission on Electoral Amendment Bill

South Africans need to know that the Constitution of SA protects justice and freedom and that they are not held ransom by the current electoral system which serves the interests of political parties and not the people, says the Citizen’s Parliament of the New Nation Movement (NNM) in a written […]

Civil society not giving up fight after National Assembly ignores its pleas and adopts controversial Electoral Amendment Bill

The National Assembly yesterday passed the Electoral Amendment Bill after a debate in which ANC and EFF MPs dismissed with contempt a bid by civil society organisations to persuade parliamentarians to reject the bill which the organisations say is unconstitutional. But despite yesterday’s setback, civil society are not giving up […]

Civil society organisations hand submission to Parliament rejecting new Electoral Bill

A large cohort of civil society organisations gathered at Parliament this morning [Friday September 16] to hand over a formal submission to the Speaker of the National Assembly, outlining their collective stance in rejecting the new Electoral Bill that is currently before Parliament. “This comes with less than 90 days […]