Explainer: How a secret vote in Parliament works

You may be wondering how a secret vote in Parliament works? Especially after Thursday's ruling in the Constitutional Court by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on the United Democratic Movement (UDM) application to hold a secret ballot on a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma.

Phephelaphi Dube, Director at the Centre for Constitutional Rights explains that there are three buttons, namely; a 'yes', 'no', and an 'abstain' button that sitting members of Parliament use to cast their votes.

The votes are then tallied by the Speaker of Parliament, who will later announce the results, including political party affiliations.

In the instance of a secret a vote, the members would vote as normal but the Speaker of Parliament is prohibited from revealing names of who voted and how they voted.

In Parliament, Baleka Mbete, is there to represent the interests of every single political party represented in the National Assembly.

Phephelaphi Dube, Director at Centre for Constitutional Rights

Read: ANC caucus will not vote against President - ANC Chief Whip #SecretBallot

The bottom line is, she needs to act in the interests of the Parliament at large and she has to place herself above the interests of her own political party.

Phephelaphi Dube, Director at Centre for Constitutional Rights

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