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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Why the rush to proportional representation
As the members of the House of Representatives begin debate today on the Municipal Corporations Amendment Bill 2013, there are two main issues that need to be addressed. The Government did not indicate that this reform would be a part of its legislative agenda for this year when Parliament was opened on August 2.
On the other hand, the reforms that are proposed will alter the post-election scenario by having aldermen chosen by the political parties from lists that they must advertise on the nomination day for councillors.
Those aldermen will be allocated to the political parties by the Elections and Boundaries Commission on the basis of its determination of the percentage of votes cast for each party in each borough or regional corporation. The aldermen will be declared from lists put forward by the political parties on the nomination day when the candidates seeking to be elected councillors file their documents with their returning officers.
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