The Democratic Alliance continues pioneering digital democracy in South Africa
17 May 2020
The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Elective Congress will be held, using a virtual platform, on 31 October 2020, despite the challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic, the party’s Federal Executive resolved at a special meeting on Saturday 16 May 2020.
This is in line with the mandate of the Party’s Federal Council to hold an Elective Congress this year.
To achieve this, Fedex resolved that the Chair of the Federal Council, Helen Zille, and the Chief Operations Officer, Liana van Wyk, would prepare a detailed proposal on plans for holding an elective Congress via an accessible, secure, digital platform, with systems in place to ensure that every delegate will be able to participate fully and fairly.
This proposal will be submitted for scrutiny and ratification at the party’s online Federal Council meeting in July.
Since the start of the hard lockdown the DA has been busy transferring its systems to digital platforms. By the time we hold the elective Congress, almost every major party function will be operating online, and the process of adaptation continues.
So far, our Federal Executive, Provincial and Regional Executives, Constituencies, the Parliamentary Caucus, the Provincial Caucuses and many of our Council Caucuses have moved their work onto online and videoconferencing software to ensure that the business of our internal democracy continues, and that the DA represents the needs and aspirations of voters during this difficult time.
The DA was the first party to run a fully online mayoral selection process recently, as well as the first ever virtual political town hall meeting in South Africa. We will be the first party to run a fully online Local Government Policy Conference scheduled for May 29, to begin the process of compiling our local government manifesto for the 2021 election.
Our biggest strength as a party is resilience. We are able to diagnose problems, and develop innovative solutions to them. This has never been more apparent than during the Covid-19 lockdown crisis.
We will continue to offer South Africans coherent policy solutions as we work to reconstruct our ravaged post-lockdown economy. In order to be able to do this, our internal democratic processes must continue unimpeded.
Issued by Helen Zille, DA Federal Council Chairperson, 17 May 2020