Blog Posts

First day of Parliament: a guide

May 22, 2019 (23 hours, 41 minutes ago) — Comments

Today Members of the National Assembly will be sworn in. These Members represent 14 political parties. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will take the Speaker’s seat at 10h30 and in groups of ten, alphabetically organised, he will preside over their swearing in. Each Member will swear or affirm faithfulness to ...

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Elections: Results and Seats

May 13, 2019 (1 week, 2 days ago) — Comments

With the final results announced officially by the IEC on Saturday, 11 May 2019, the ANC has won the sixth general election. The ANC received a little over 10 million votes. This was followed by the DA and EF. The ANC also retained its majority in all provinces except the ...

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What happens after the 2019 elections?

May 10, 2019 (1 week, 5 days ago) — Comments

The Constitution spells out, in section 52, that after an election, the first sitting of the National Assembly must take place at a time and date determined by the Chief Justice but not more than 14 days after the election result has been declared

Wednesday, 22 May: things really kick ...

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Parliament Debutantes: Who to Watch?

May 7, 2019 (2 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

The big splash the EFF made in 2014 is unlikely to ever be topped, but the three new parties making their parliament debuts in the sixth parliament have the potential to ruffle some feathers. Themba Godi’s APC and Agang bowed out and had to make space for these debutantes ...

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Elections 2019

May 6, 2019 (2 weeks, 2 days ago) — Comments

The hour is almost upon us – the day when South Africans embark on go to the polling stations to exercise arguably the most fundamental democratic right, that of voting. There are however many who are not entirely knowledgeable of the electoral system employed in SA – we thought it would be ...

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Review of Fifth Parliament

April 25, 2019 (3 weeks, 6 days ago) — Comments

The Fifth Parliament gave us a lot of “firsts” and was unprecedented in many ways.

While previous Parliaments were maligned for being dull, perfunctory and peripheral, this Parliament was in the limelight for various controversies and mayhem.

Putting together a comprehensive review of the Fifth Parliament was always going to ...

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Bridging the Gap between MPs and constituents

April 17, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

The People’s Assembly website (www.pa.org.za) was launched in 2014 with a clear mandate: ‘connecting people with their representatives’. We have not stopped working towards developing and adding civic technology tools to that enhances that mandate. Little over a year ago we launched the ‘Write to an ...

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Infographic: The Voting Process

April 16, 2019 (1 month ago) — Comments

Only a few more weeks until Election Day (8 May)! To all first-time voters who are daunted by the notion of voting, People's Assembly has created a visual representation of the voting process. It's really as simple as it looks. Happy voting!

Infographic

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Candidate lists: 51 objections of 52 overturned – IEC

April 12, 2019 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

South Africans had a four-day window to object to a candidate on the lists of the 48 political parties contesting the 8 May elections. The party lists are available on the IEC website.

The Constitution states that every voter is eligible to be a Member of Parliament except:

  • unrehabilitated insolvents ...

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47% drop in registered 18 and 19-year-olds for 2019 elections

April 3, 2019 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

With its Xsê campaign and other marketing strategies, the IEC went all out to encourage young voters to register. It partnered with digital news publications (News24 is an example) and ran a competition for matriculants which included asking them to indicate if they wanted to register to vote. IEC representatives ...

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