South Africa’s municipal electoral system

It appears that South Africa used a mixed-member system in its recent municipal elections, based on an example of how the system works.

Probably MMP, but with seats won by independents (i.e. candidates without an affiliated party list) removed from the calculations of how many compensatory seats from the list each party obtains.

3 thoughts on “South Africa’s municipal electoral system

  1. I think a similar system would be great for the District of Columbia. Presently, there are eight members elected from wards, four at-large members and one chairperson also elected at large but separate from the others. All 13 members serve four year terms but they are staggered. This South African system would be a great improvement, considering that elections are partisan, and the Democrats have a stranglehold on the Council (11 of 13 seats, the others independents).

  2. Doesn’t DC also use a form of limited vote for the four at-large? – ie, two per election and must be from different parties?

    One could say this bears the same relationship to Afghan or Japanse-style SNTV as most US States’ primaries do to French runoffs – ie, “one per party” instead of the “top two overall” simpliciter.

  3. As I understand it (and I don’t live in D.C. so I can’t say for certain), the at-large seats (except the Chair) are elected on different staggers, like the different classes of US senators. As for the rule about parties, of the Chair and the four at-large members only three can come from the majority party.

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