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Former IEC Chairperson Brigalia Bam: South Africa’s Electoral System Needs to Change

Democracy - More Than Just ElectionsBrigalia Bam, former Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) chairperson and author of the new book Democracy – More Than Just Elections, addressed the Cape Town Press Club recently.

Marianne Merten, reporting on the event for IOL, quotes Bam as saying South Africa should consider reforming its electoral process and allow voters to elect at least some MPs directly. According to Bam, the current party-determined system creates problems.

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“South Africa should look at a mixed system where some people account to the voters, some people remain accountable to the (political) party,” she told the Cape Town Press Club on Tuesday. “We can develop our own system, I’m convinced. South Africans are very creative.”

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