ANC to dis­cuss pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion

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PRE­TO­RIA — While the ANC is not cry­ing foul about the re­sults of last week’s lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions, it wanted a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of why things turned out the way they did, sec­re­tary gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe said on Thurs­day.

The party would dis­cuss the pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion sys­tem dur­ing its NEC meet­ing in Irene, Pre­to­ria, over the next four days, he told re­porters in Pre­to­ria.

“In a num­ber of ar­eas where we have a ma­jor­ity of wards, we ended up be­ing smaller. An ex­am­ple is Port El­iz­a­beth, where we have 60 per­cent of the wards, but we be­come 40 per­cent over­all.”

In Jo­han­nes­burg, the party took the ma­jor­ity of wards, but its over­all per­cent­age of the votes shrunk.

“We are not cry­ing foul, but we are rais­ing the dis­ad­van­tages of giv­ing space to the smaller par­ties,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the PR sys­tem, par­ties are awarded seats in coun­cils in pro­por­tion to the num­ber of votes they re­ceive.

“In 16 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the coun­try there is no out­right win­ner. In a big chunk of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that we con­trol, 161, we are con­trol­ling the quo­rum of 27. We are look­ing into those statis­tics and what are the im­pli­ca­tions of those re­sults,” said Man­tashe.

They would look at the im­pli­ca­tions of four met­ros be­ing gov­erned through coali­tions and an­a­lyse the party’s performance in elec­tions since 1994 to de­ter­mine if there was a trend.

“Is that a trend that is go­ing to con­tinue for­ever and what must we do to ar­rest that and turn it around?” he asked.

The party had in­tended hold­ing a lek­gotla for the next four days, but re­placed that with the dis­cus­sion about the elec­tion re­sults. — Sapa

Gwede Man­tashe

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