OUTA SOUNDS ALARM ON RUSHED ELECTORAL AMENDMENT BILL: URGES FOR FAIRNESS, INCLUSIVITY AND CONSTITUTIONAL STANDARDS
South Africa’s electoral system is once again under scrutiny as the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs prepares to rush through public comment on the Electoral Amendment Bill. OUTA, a leading voice in advocating for transparency and accountability in government, has submitted it's fourth submission on different versions of the bill, and again identifies problems in both the bill and the process, calling for a clearly constituted Electoral Reform Consultation Panel which includes civil society. The panel should include predetermined deadlines and deliverables for greater fairness for independent candidates, ensuring that every vote counts. This will ensure that the bill meets constitutional standards. As the nation watches closely, OUTA warns that a failure to address these concerns could result in legal challenges. Get the full story now.