ANC defends proposed minimal changes to Electoral Act, says the 'timelines are unworkable'

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Phumulo Masualle
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The ANC said it was more "pragmatic" to make minimal changes to the Electoral Act, to allow independent candidates to stand for provincial and national elections, instead of acting on the majority of expert advice to overhaul the electoral system completely.

The party said it has not shut the door on a complete reform of the electoral system - but, for now, it will effect marginal change to comply with a Constitutional Court order. 

The apex court ruled last year that the Electoral Act was unconstitutional because it did not provide for adult citizens to be elected to the national and provincial legislatures as independent candidates.

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