Shared aspirations: the imperative of accountability in South Africa's electoral system

SOURCE: Electoral models for South Africa: reflections and options: 9-10 September 2002, Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2007
TITLE AUTHOR(S): W.James, A.Hadland
KEYWORDS: ELECTIONS, ELECTORAL SYSTEM
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 5089

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Abstract

In a country where the constitution is supreme, it is no idle exercise to refer to its underlying values when considering possible changes to an institution as important to our national life as the electoral system. While the electoral system itself cannot by any means guarantee a perfectly democratic state, few could contest that the matter in which a society chooses its representatives plays a crucial role in determining the broader political climate.