Victory on election law shows value of civil society collaboration – IRR
3 December 2020
The IRR welcomes the removal of two dangerous clauses from the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill of 2020 by Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs.
The now retracted clauses would have allowed the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to replace the current manual voting system with an electronic one far more vulnerable to manipulation and fraud.
This comes after the IRR was successful in mobilizing significant political and civic opposition to the Bill.
As the IRR wrote in its submission on the proposed amendments, “traditional manual voting system are not entirely immune from irregularities. However, international experience confirms that the safeguards they provide are far stronger than those available under electronic systems. In particular, traditional voting systems are far more transparent because they provide a paper trail and can be observed at every stage”.