Cope promotes bill to have individuals stand as independent candidates

The Congress of the People (Cope) has announced that its draft Private Members Bill will be submitted to Parliament in a bid to effect legislation to allow individuals to stand as independent candidates at provincial and national spheres of government.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Cope's Leader Mosiuoa Lekota says they are proposing that there must be compliance with the Constitution's Section 19.

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Which provides that individuals may vote and be voted into office and with regard to Section 19.3, individuals are allowed by the Constitution to stand as an independent and if elected by getting a requisite number of votes, they may occupy the office.

Mosiuoa Lekota, Cope Leader

He adds that this is the case with regard to local government.

But now, as a result, the Electoral Act that was agreed to at Codesa excluded independents in the provincial and national legislature. But it was only intended for the first term by which time it would have had to be complied with.

Mosiuoa Lekota, Cope Leader

However, when the term of President Mandela ended, the work that was done by Home Affairs was not complete, so it was again agreed to extend it only for the second term.

Mosiuoa Lekota, Cope Leader

He says that at the present time political power is not in the hands of the people of South Africa who can only vote for a political party.

And that political party chooses amongst its members who it wants to give to us as our representative.

Mosiuoa Lekota, Cope Leader

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