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South Africa is ripe for electoral reform. Why its time might have come

By Roger Southall, Professor of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand
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South Africa adopted its electoral system during the process of making a new constitution in the run up to its transition to democracy in 1994.

The system agreed was proportional representation. This involved parties drawing up lists of representatives which would get seats in legislatures according to the proportion of votes the parties won in the polls. This system…

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