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The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) has proposed an amendment to the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill to make it clear that the introduction of a new voting system would be for research purposes only, would be restricted to predetermined voting districts, and would not apply to the whole country.

This follows concerns raised in public hearings on the bill by parliament’s home affairs committee that the IEC was seeking, through the bill, to usurp the power of parliament to determine the country’s electoral system. Concerns were also raised about the security measures that would be introduced in an electronic voting (e-voting) system to protect the election, as well as the cost implications of such a system...

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