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The path to parliament

...is stacked with hurdles.

In 2024, for the first time in 30 years, we get to exercise our constitutional right to vote for independent candidates to represent us parliament. 

Zackie Achmat is standing as an independent candidate for national assembly in the Western Cape. In order to get his name onto the ballot paper, we need 2 nominations and the endorsement of 13 201 voters by means of their physical signature and electronically validating their voter status with the IEC, using their ID number.

2024 Elections

The 2024 elections are epochal. The Electoral Act was amended after the Constitutional Court ruled that individuals have the right to stand for elections. 

 

This is a historic moment with the potential to redefine our political landscape.

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How will it work?

There will be 3 ballots:

1 provincial ballot (parties and independents)

2 national ballots

  • 200 seats on the compensatory list (parties only)

  • 200 seats on the regional list (parties and independents)

 

What does this mean?

You get an extra vote.

You can vote for a party on the provincial and national compensatory ballots, and you can vote for Zackie on the national regional ballot.

Getting Zackie onto the Ballot

Unlike political parties which until April 2023 were only required to collect 1 000 signatures of endorsement, independent candidates are required to gather the signatures of 13 201 registered voters. These are physical signatures which need to be submitted to the IEC. There is also a requirement to collect the full name and ID number of these voters, in order to validate their status electronically, using the IEC candidate portal.

This is no small feat. The current electoral system is still severely skewed towards parties. The barrier to entry is very high for independent candidates. Despite the scales being tipped in political parties' favour, being able to vote for an independent candidate to represent you in Parliament, rather than a party, is a crucial first step in reclaiming parliament for the people.

 

This bias, that privileges parties, also extends to the number of votes independents would need to win a seat in Parliament.

Which is why we need your help.

 

Opportunities to sign

  • In conversation with Zackie Achmat
    In conversation with Zackie Achmat
    Tue, 16 Apr
    Stellenbosch
    16 Apr 2024, 18:00 – 20:30
    Stellenbosch, 39 Ryneveld St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
    16 Apr 2024, 18:00 – 20:30
    Stellenbosch, 39 Ryneveld St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
    On 16 April Zackie Achmat is in conversation with Kabous Meiring. Join us for a discussion on why Zackie is running as an independent candidate, what he stands for and how the ballots will work.
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