Coalition politics will be the name of the game after elections says expert

The number of independent candidates and political parties contesting the 2016 municipal elections has increased from the previous elections.

There are 950 independent candidates and more than 205 political parties registered with the IEC.

AfternoonDrive’s Xolani Gwala asked Grant Masterson, programme manager, Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa (EISA), if this will make municipalities more effective.

Matserson says small parties and independent candidates can play an important role in some of the municipalities where the margins are quite small.

It depends on how you can negotiate as an independent candidate in a ward with the party that wants to form a coalition with you. We need to have a look at the case of Tlhokwe, that was an independent candidate, but it was the smaller party siding with the opposition and able to unseat the ANC.

Grant Masterson, programme manager, Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa (EISA)

We are going to be entering a new era of coalition politics at local and municipal level, and arguably even at national level in 2019.

Grant Masterson, programme manager, Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa (EISA)

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