One South Africa Movement leader Mmusi Maimane and COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota; REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko - RTX2LJDQ

ONE SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane and Congress of the People (Cope) President Mosioua Lekota will table a bill in Parliament aimed at electoral reform.

Maimane and Lekota address the media outside the National Assembly on Wednesday.

The Direct Election Bill, which Lekota will table in Parliament, is aimed at individuals running for public office following a recent Constitutional Court ruling.  

The leaders said the Bill would pave a way for accountable individuals to be elected as the country was currently besieged with corruption.

The apex court ordered Parliament to change the country’s electoral laws to allow for independent candidates to stand in an election.

The bill will also suggest that the number of MPs be cut down to 350 from the current 400.

Lekota said the bill seeks to ensure that there is a direct relationship between voters and MPs, while at the same time limiting the power given to political parties.

Maimane said the best 350 South Africans should run government.

“Democracy was designed so that it gives power to individuals to represent us, but also gives mechanisms for us to monitor and be able to provide oversight over that power,” said Maimane.

The bill will be open for public comment.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here