The proportional representation (PR) councillor allocation system has to be changed. This is according to the ANC in the Free State.
Half of any municipality’s council seats derives from the PR system, which is based on the number of votes a political party gets in an election.
Speaking at a media briefing in Bloemfontein on Thursday, the ANC’s provincial secretary, William Bulwane, says they have been calling for the amendment of this system since 2007.
“This is what we have discussed in 2007 in Polokwane at the party’s national conference, namely that this system must be changed. All smaller parties are gaining at the expense of the bigger parties. We have also reiterated the same issue at the Mangaung national conference in 2012, that the system has to be changed. However, till this moment, it still exists. We are calling on those who are in government to revisit the structure’s act and look into that particular system. We want it to be changed so that it creates a true reflection of the true winners of elections,” Bulwane explains.
Meanwhile, ANC’s provincial chairperson, Ace Magashule, blames the PR system for the fact that they are no longer controlling the Metsimaholo Municipality in Sasolburg.
“In terms of the PR, 41 000 people voted for the ANC and it was allocated three seats. The DA got 26 000 votes and in terms of the PR allocation, they received seven seats. The EFF, with 16 000 votes, received eight seats and Metsimaholo Civic Association had 4 400 votes and received two seats,” mentions Magashule.
He further says the people of Metsimaholo have voted for the ANC, as they control 16 of its wards.