'ANC's internal electoral system must change to end gatekeeping and vote-buying'

The ANC's flawed electoral processes need to urgently change, argue political thinkers Vukani Mde and Lukhona Mguni.

The pair believe that the ‘one member, one vote’ system is long overdue.

Mde says the ANC must get rid of the representative system where one vote could stand for up to 349 people.

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Party branches currently elect delegates to represent them at ANC elective conferences. Bigger branches get more delegates.

Mde explains that the system creates a perverse incentive for larger regions and provinces with more branches (and therefore more votes).

A branch of 100 members in good standing is entitled to one vote. An additional vote is allocated for every extra 250 branch members.

It results in a situation were you don't get one person, one vote.

Vukani Mde, founder and partner at LEFTHOOK

It also empowers provinces, regions and other power structures outside of the branch.

Vukani Mde, founder and partner at LEFTHOOK

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Mguni explains that the current formula means that branch structures can be controlled, manipulated, or bought - creating gatekeeping in the ANC.

He also calls into question the relevance of branches in a modern political system.

The ANC has in many ways failed to embrace to embrace the totality of the democratic moment in which it operates.

Vukani Mde, founder and partner at LEFTHOOK

The current system is problematic because it promotes a lot of gatekeeping and manipulation.

Lukhona Mnguni, political analyst

According to Mguni, there is a growing appetite within the governing party to review the electoral system.

Listen to the dynamic duo discuss new ways of organiSing the ANC, collectivism, factions and consensus:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'ANC's internal electoral system must change to end gatekeeping and vote-buying'


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