Carol Paton | More seats for fewer votes: How electoral reform could benefit ANC and big parties

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The Electoral Reform Bill is under discussion in Parliament. It is intended to improve the quality of democracy, but could have the opposite effect - and big parties, most particularly the ANC, could get more seats than the share they win in an election, writes Carol Paton.                                 

South Africa needs faster political change and a better quality democracy.

And while change is slowly happening – ANC support is being whittled away and party-political support is diversifying – it is not fast enough to break the dominance of the ANC, in a meaningful way, any time soon. This dominance, combined with an electoral system that has had the perverse outcome of enabling a lack of accountability of the most powerful in the land, is in large part responsible for ANC failure. Unbridled power has enabled corruption and enrichment and absolute power has corrupted absolutely.

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