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SA's elections should only be held after seven years - Brigalia Bam

15 July 2015 5:53 PM

An analyst says that proper public participation happens during elections and disagrees that they be held every Seven years.

Former Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Brigalia Bam at the Cape Town Press Club mentioned that South Africa should explore the possibility of reforming the country’s electoral system.

Bam also made a suggestion that South Africa should explore the possibility of its citizens directly electing at least some of the country’s Members of Parliament (MP). She further suggested that elections should only be held every seven years.

We spoke to Nompumelelo Runji, Policy Analyst and author of the book “Democratic Opportunity: Does South Africa need electoral reform”?

I tend to disagree respectively with Mrs Bam. The question of seven years actually takes away from the component of democracy which is the importance of public participation and continuous participation. The one place the public gets to participate is when election takes place…

Nompumelelo Runji

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15 July 2015 5:53 PM