South Africa: Electoral reform

In June of 2020, South Africa's Constitutional Court ruled that sections of the Electoral Act are unconstitutional. More specifically, the barring of "independent" candidates from contesting for seats in the National Assembly and the provincial legislatures. The Court ruled that Parliament must amend the Electoral Act in order to allow independent candidates to contest for elections.


CHIRORO, B 2008 Electoral System and Accountability: Options for Electoral Reform in South Africa, KAS Johannesburg, Policy Paper No 3, January.

2002-2003 Electoral Task Team

MASANGO, D 2003 "Parliament's 400 seats to be retained, says Cabinet" BuaNews Online, Government Communication and Information System, 5 March, [www] (accessed 30 Jun 2020).

Report of the Electoral Task Team, January 2003, [www] [PDF document, opens new window] (accessed 30 Jan 2012).

South African Electoral System Roundtable 2002