Electoral Laws Amendment BillCall for comments opened 11 October 2020 Share this page:
Submissions are now closed (since 06 November 2020)
The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs encourages interested individuals and organizations to submit written comments on the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill [B 22 -2020].
Comments must be submitted to Mr Eddy Mathonsi, the Committee Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 6 November 2020. The original deadline was 30 October 2020.
In addition to written submissions, kindly indicate if you would like to make oral submissions.
Background: The Electoral Laws Amendment Bill (‘‘the Bill’’) seeks to amend three pieces of legislation, namely the Electoral Commission Act, 1996; the Electoral Act, 1998 and the Local Government: Municipal Electoral Act, 2000.
The purpose of the Bill seeks to amend the:
• 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regarding public access to the voters’ roll; to update references to repealed legislation; to amend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.
Enquiries: can be sent to Mr Mathonsi at email@example.com or Cell: 083 709 8523
Issued by Adv. BT Bongo, MP, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs.