“Impressions” and “That Week In Parliament” Blog Posts

Review of Fifth Parliament

April 25, 2019 (1 month, 3 weeks 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months, 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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How to object to a candidate on a party list

March 26, 2019 (2 months, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

South Africans have 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.

An objection against a candidate must be made by 5pm on Tuesday, 2 April.

The Constitution states ...

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18 & 19 year old registered voters doubled to 34%!

March 19, 2019 (2 months, 4 weeks ago) — Comments

In less than two months South Africans are heading to the polls. The voters' roll has closed and just over 26.7 million people are registered to vote in the upcoming elections - an improvement of 2% since the registration drives, but down almost 5% compared to 2014.

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A worrying statistic ...

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The Week Ahead: It’s a week of farewells and loose ends…

March 18, 2019 (3 months ago) — Comments

It's the last rites for the Fifth Parliament. After a dizzying and tumultuous five years, the National Assembly will rise this week and the NCOP a week later. But a fair amount of work will be done before MPs depart. Many will immediately go out on the campaign trail ...

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How well do you know the Fifth Parliament?

March 16, 2019 (3 months ago) — Comments

As the Fifth Parliament draws to a close, we thought it would be fun to test your knowledge about the past five years. The National Assembly had its last sitting on 21 March 2019 and the NCOP will meet for the last time on 28 March 2019

How well do ...

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The Week Ahead: Parliament is winding down...

March 11, 2019 (3 months, 1 week ago) — Comments

It's the National Assembly’s penultimate week.

As a result, there is a bit of frenzy as legislation and important business that can be completed are rushed to the finishing line while other less urgent parliamentary business is dropped for lack of time.

In the remaining days, lawmakers are ...

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