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Proposed regulation vs reality: Zackie's submission on the Electoral Matters Amendment Bill

In many ways Zackie Achmat is blazing a trail when it comes to navigating the legal landscape for independent candidates. As one of the first, and only publicly declared independent candidates in the upcoming election, Zackie is experiencing the challenges of legislation and regulations which apply to political parties only.


On Friday, 26 January 2024, he submitted his concerns regarding the proposed Electoral Matters Amendment Bill, to the Home Affairs Portfolio Committee of the National Assembly. In the submission he provides insight into some of the hurdles faced by individuals running campaigns. He endorses submissions by the People’s Legal Centre and #UniteBehind and sets out how proposed amendments diverge from the practicalities of running an independent campaign.


Zackie argues against limitations on the legal structure of campaigns and the vague definition of an independent candidate, and highlights some of the challenges in campaigning due to unclear regulations. He emphasises the need for clear definitions and procedures to ensure fair participation for independent candidates, in order to afford candidates and voters the ability to fully exercise their Constitutional rights.


Zackie has been invited to make an oral submission at a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, 6 February 2024.

 

Read the full submission here.

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