Changes to electoral system would require 'large investments' to repurpose system - IEC

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IEC barrier tape at a voting station for Ward 32 during the by-elections on November 11, 2020 in Durban.
IEC barrier tape at a voting station for Ward 32 during the by-elections on November 11, 2020 in Durban.
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The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says it has over the past 25 years built and invested in business applications that supported a party proportional representation (PR) system.

IEC bosses argued that whatever electoral system Parliament passed to accommodate independent candidates in national and provincial elections will seriously affect the institution.

Large resources would be needed to develop and repurpose the IEC's business systems and applications to support a new scheme.

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