SA: Electronic voting being considered
The African National Congress’ national working committee (NWC) has discussed a range of possibilities, including electronic voting for next year’s local elections.
During its Monday meeting, the NWC said it discussed a range of responses on these and other challenges impacting next year’s electoral system.
It includes a synchronisation of elections at national, provincial and local spheres of government; introducing elements of constituency-based representation at national and provincial spheres, consistent with the constitutional requirement for an electoral system that results, in general, in proportional representation; and the use of electronic voting.
Shortly after the government’s implementation of the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 in March, the Electoral Court postponed by-elections scheduled for 3 and 10 June, along with associated activities, including voter registration.
This also meant that by-elections could be held beyond the 90-day legislated period for the filling of councillor vacancies, but not beyond 120 days from the date of the order, the Independent Electoral Commission said in a statement.