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Popular attitudes towards the South African electoral system

Robert Southall

Popular attitudes towards the South African electoral system

report to the Electoral Task Team

by Robert Southall

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Published by HSRC Publishers, Thorold"s Africana Books in Cape Town, Johannesburg .
Written in English


Edition Notes

StatementRoger Southall and Robert Mattes.
SeriesOccasional paper,, 1, Occasional paper (Human Sciences Research Council. Democracy and Governance Research Programme) ;, 1.
ContributionsHuman Sciences Research Council. Democracy and Governance Research Programme.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsMLCS 2005/04771 (J)
The Physical Object
Paginationvii, 46 p. ;
Number of Pages46
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3354499M
LC Control Number2004385075

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Popular Attitudes Towards the South African Electoral System; Popular Attitudes Towards the South African Electoral System Report to the Electoral Task Team Roger Southall, Robert Mattes. In order to provide the Electoral Task Team (ETT) with the most useful information on public attitudes, this survey of public opinion focuses first on.

Popular Attitudes Towards the South African Electoral System Article (PDF Available) in Democratization 11(1) February with Reads How we measure 'reads'. Get this from a library. Popular attitudes towards the South African electoral system: report to Popular attitudes towards the South African electoral system book Electoral Task Team.

[Roger Southall; Robert B Mattes; Human Sciences Research Council. Democracy and Governance Research Programme.; Electoral Task Team (South Africa)]. Popular attitudes toward the South African electoral system.

Democratization: Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. Cited by: Popular Attitudes Toward the South African Electoral System. Popular attitudes towards the South African electoral system Popular attitudes towards the South African electoral system. Published Jan Authors R.

Southall, R. Mattes. Publisher. How is the South African electoral system perceived to be working by the electorate.

This paper is a result of a survey performed to obtain the following. Popular Attitudes towards the South African Electoral System A Matter of Timing: Migration and Housing Access in Metropolitan Johannesburg Perceptions of and Attitudes to HIV/AIDS Among Young Adults at the University of Cape Town Devising Social Security Interventions for Maximum Poverty Impact.

This article is based on a survey of popular attitudes towards the pure list system that is South Africa’s proportional representation electoral system.

While the reported findings are broadly positive there are some notable exceptions, located disproportionately among racial minorities and also among sizable numbers of black respondents. between electoral systems and party systems and the broader democratic institutional framework, especially in the newer democracies.

There is clearer acknowledgement that electoral system change is not simply a technical matter, but a political process requiring public debate and careful consensus building.

In this context, electoral system design. Popular attitudes towards the South African electoral system. By Roger Southall and Robert Mattes. Get PDF ( KB) Abstract. At its simplest, any formal review of the type of electoral system that South Africa has, has three broad options.

Firstly, it could conclude that things should be left as they are. Secondly, it could conclude that. Electoral systems matter. They are a crucial link in the chain connecting the preferences of citizens to the policy choices made by governments.

They are chosen by political actors and, once in existence, have political consequences for those actors. They are an important object of study for anyone interested in the political process, and in this book we subject them to systematic analysis. South Africa’s post-apartheid election outcomes demonstrate how contextual factors interact with electoral rules to shape party systems.

South Africa’s national electoral system represents one of the most permissive in the world, combining parliamentary rules with an extreme form of Popular attitudes towards the South African electoral system book representation.

These rules were selected to encourage broad representation of. Why electoral systems matter: an analysis of their incentives and effects on key areas of governance Alina Rocha Menocal Alina Rocha Menocal is a Research Fellow in thePolitics and Governance Programme at Overseas Development Institute (ODI), with particular expertise on the challenges of democratisation and governance.

Under South Africa’s proportional representation system, most South African parties placed relatively large numbers of women on their party lists to court the female vote.

[6] The survey of more than 1, adults in the West Bank and Gaza was conducted from Decemberby the Center for Palestine Research and Studies in Nablus. South African and international scholars to assess the quality of democ-racy and the electoral process in South Africa over the past ten years, with special emphasis on the elections.

It represents the third in a loose series of analyses about democratic elections in South Africa. 5 K Matlosa ‘Electoral systems, constitutionalism and conflict management in Southern Africa’ () 2 African Journal on Conflict Resolution 6 As above.

7 A Reynolds Voting for a new South Africa () 6. 8 K Matlosa ‘Review of electoral systems and democratisation in Southern Africa: Paper prepared for the international.

Although there have been a few studies of the direct influence of electoral systems on popular attitudes about the political system, the results have not been consistent.

on attitudes towards. of the African Union Panel of the Wise, Founder of the Women's Development Foundation and former Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission in South Africa; Mr. Denis Kadima, Executive Director of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) and Mrs.

'Electoral Politics in South Africa is an excellent guide to the highs and lows of South Africa's first decade of democracy. Piombo and Nijzink have assembled an outstanding cast of writers whose essays illuminate not just the election but highlight how the nation has grappled with the transition from apartheid to multi-party democracy.

democratization in Africa. Participatory politics grew in the s and s, as the percentage of African countries holding democratic elections increased from 7 to 40 percent and inFreedom House classified eighteen countries on the continent as electoral. In May the Rational Standard carried a piece by Nicholas Babaya calling for a number of democratic reforms in South Africa.

The first was the introduction of a two-round presidential election and the revision of our electoral system into a first-past-the-post (FPTP) regime as opposed to our proportional representation (PR) system.

This is a simple explainer of how the South African electoral system works to tie in with the South African elections, which contrasts to the direct rep. The ‘electoral reform’ debate in South Africa is not going away. It became a major focus on the political agenda in when the Mbeki government appointed an Electoral Task Team (ETT) with a mandate to review the South African electoral system.

Some opposition political. the voting population shows apathetic attitudes towards the processes that enable participation of the public in democracy, it questions the extent to which a democracy can be consolidated. In the past the South African youth played an important role in the process of.

The Union of South Africa was created on 31 May by the South Africa Actan act of the British Parliament. The House of Assembly (the lower house of the newly created Parliament of South Africa) and the provincial councils were elected by first-past-the-post voting in single-member electoral divisions.

The franchise in these elections. Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, The Constitution includes chapters on the Bill of Rights, co-operative government, parliament, the President and National Executive, provinces, local government, courts and justice, state institutions (including the Electoral Commission), public administration, security services, traditional leaders, finance and more general topics.

Although they did not dominate any electoral offices, black representatives voting in state and federal legislatures marked a drastic social shift. At the beginning ofno African American in the South held political office, but within three or four years, a significant minority of officeholders in the South.

Ultimately, it took Chantal Revell, a descendant of the Khoi and San royalty, to initiate a change in South Africa’s electoral system. This has been a contentious subject for almost 20 years.

Examines the three main types of electoral systems, namely single-member plurality, single-member majoritarian and proportional representation in the context of their use in Southern Africa.

Uses case studies of electoral events to considers the strengths and weaknesses of the systems and thier potential for sucess in countries of Southern Africa. Electoral Systems. The choice of Electoral System is one of the most important institutional decisions for any democracy.

The choice of a particular electoral system has a profound effect on the future political life of the country concerned, and electoral systems, once chosen, often remain fairly constant as political interests solidify around and respond to the incentives presented by them. Majoritarian systems sustain lower levels of popular participation than do PR systems.

Majoritarian systems provide clearer accountability for voters than do PR systems. African realties have sometimes challenged assumptions about the applicability of transferring and mapping of outside models onto African politics.

Yet, established. South Africa’s electoral system; National and provincial elections. In South Africa we use a PR system to vote for parliament and provincial legislatures.

Parliament has seats and each of the nine provincial legislatures has between 30 and 90 seats depending on the number of. Since the end of apartheid in the African National Congress (ANC) has dominated South Africa's politics.

The ANC is the ruling party in the national legislature, as well as in eight of the nine provinces (Western Cape is governed by the Democratic Alliance).The ANC received % of the vote during the general had received % of the popular vote in the municipal.

The South African Constitution does not provide any clarity on the nature of the relationship between extra-parliamentary political parties and their elected representatives in the national and.

The systems we concentrate upon, as integral parts of the four “engineering packages” we identified in the section on Electoral Systems and Conflict Management, are: list proportional representation (e.g., Belgium, Switzerland, and postapartheid South Africa), the alternative vote (e.g., Papua New Guinea, –, and Fiji since   The manner in which South Africa’s electoral system operates certainly does not give full expression to the will of the people.

The system is also not designed to make it difficult for the will. In EISA deployed an observation mission to Malawi for the presidential and legislative elections. EISA works with the African Union Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit (DEAU). Support in was done in conjunction with the Carter Center and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

Kader Asmal. When Kader Asmal, a member of the ANC, accused the Parliament of South. Additional surveys on attitudes toward sociopolitical change in the s and s are available from the South African Data Archive (site down as of Jan ). Spanish Electoral Surveys Archive of pre- and post-electoral surveys in Spain run in conjunction with national parliamentary, regional, municipal, and European Parliament elections.

South Africa's national and provincial elections take place every five years. Voters vote for a political party, not individuals.

The political party then gets a share of seats in Parliament in direct proportion to the number of votes it got in the election. Each party then decides on members to fill the seats it has won.

Given South Africa’s system of indirect presidential elections, the ANC’s dependable parliamentary majority has also ensured that its candidate always prevails. South Africa’s president forms the “national executive” by appointing a deputy president and cabinet ministers, most of whom must be MPs.

This volume provides a retrospective on a decade of elections and democracy in South Africa. The book analyzes the evolution of the party system and electoral campaigns; tracks changes in public opinion and voter motivations; assesses the political implications of socioeconomic change; depicts the evolution of parliament and the electoral.

Ghana is like several other Anglophone African countries with first past the post electoral systems and no quota and a very low representation of women in parliament. I have a couple of articles on Botswana (Botswana Notes and RecordsAfrican Studies Review ) that address the issue for Botswana.

This shows that popular support for the country’s political system is steadily eroding. Change in the electoral systems is needed.

A failure to deal with the inadequacies of electoral systems – in South Africa as well as more broadly – will only perpetuate and exaggerate social crises.