ANC Parliamentary Caucus Welcomes The Passing Of The Electoral Matters Amendment Bill

12 March 2024

The ANC Parliamentary Caucus welcomes the passing of the Electoral Matter Amendment Bill in the National Assembly with an overwhelming majority of 241 vote against 90.

The Bill seeks to amend the Political Party Funding Act of 2018 to regulate the fundin and disclosure of donations by political parties, independent candidates an representatives.

The amendments were necessitated by the judgment of the Constitutional Court tha ordered Parliament to create provisions within our laws for the participation o independent candidates in national and provincial elections.

The Portfolio Committee followed all due processes of Parliament in processing thi Bill, including the invitation to members of the public, the participation of variou stakeholders and the support of Parliament’s legal services.

The ANC supported the Bill because it aligns with the Constitution, which provides tha every adult citizen has the right to stand for public office and for the political part funding intended to enhance multi-party democracy. Following a resolution from th National Assembly, the Bill gives the President the power to make or amen regulations in relation to the Political Party Funding Act
The Bill also protects the rights of independent candidates to receive broadcas opportunities for election campaigning. These provisions are essential to ensure a fai electoral process and that independent candidates can also canvass and share thei message across the electorate.

As we head to elections on 29 May 2024, passing the Electoral Matters Amendmen Bill signifies a significant milestone in ensuring the most representative and inclusiv Parliament and Provincial Legislatures.

The ANC Caucus has noted the threats of court action against the passing of the Bil by a few small opposition parties. We have confidence in the capabilities and wisdo of the Minister of Home Affairs and the Portfolio Committee to defend the balance wording of the Bill in court as it is in line with the Constitution and the Constitutiona Court’s judgment.

Issued by the Chief Whip of the Majority Part
Hon Pemmy Majodina, MP

For enquiries, please contact:
Luthando Nogcinisa
Political Advisor to the Chief Whip
Tel no.: 076 385 1440