Advancing Local Democracy and Promoting Democratic and Accountable Government: The need for Inclusive Ward Delimitation
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Date: 5 March 2019
Time: 12h30 – 14h00
Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town
Mr Paul Berkowitz, Economist, Consultant and Researcher specialising in Geospatial Data Analysis and Mr Stuart Murphy, Manager, IEC
Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact: Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Contact: Carmen Erasmus, Tel: (021) 466 7827, e-mail: CErasmus@hsrc.ac.za
Durban: The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001. Contact: Ridhwaan Khan, Tel: (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786, e-mail: RKhan@hsrc.ac.za
The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST
Ward delimitations do not only affect registered voters but also society at large. In making use of registered voters rather than the general populace in ward delimitations, the Municipal Demarcation Board assumes that registered voters are true representation of the population. This view is debatable and should be reconsidered. Public participation in electoral processes— and particularly the registration of voters— is often dependent on the political dynamics at a particular time and place. Hence the Municipal Demarcation Board’s delimitation process is not inclusive, especially when using registered voters as the only legitimate stakeholders.
This seminar aims to critique the exclusive use of registered voters in ward delimitation including the determination of the formula for deciding the number of ward councillors. The seminar will explore the feasibility of using population census in delimiting wards and will argue for a more inclusive formula that will also lead to a more representative and accountable local government.
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