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Electoral Laws Amendment Act, No. 1 of 2019

Long title


To amend the

- Electoral Commission Act, 1996, so as to provide for the use of all available sources of data to obtain information necessary for the Commission to compile and maintain the national common voters’ roll; to provide for the electronic submission of party registration applications; to provide for the exclusive jurisdiction of the Electoral Court to adjudicate intra-party leadership disputes that have an impact on the Commission’s preparation for elections; to provide for the prohibition of the use of the name and its acronym, logo, designs or electoral material used or owned by the Commision  [ sic – spelling ] ;

- Electoral Act 1998, so as to revise the existing provisions relating to voter registration, voters’ roll, voting districts and voting procedure; to regulate the publication of, and objections to, a provisionally compiled voters’ roll ahead of elections in order to establish a structured process for resolving these objections without jeopardising the preparations for elections; to clarify that the election timetable may include any matter authorised in terms of the Electoral Act; to clarify that the voter’s roll to be used in an election must be that certified by the chief electoral officer for that election; to clarify that the cut-off date for the registration of voters for an upcoming election must be the date of proclamation of an election date; to provide for the chief electoral officer to notify the relevant parties where a candidate’s name appears on multiple party lists and to afford such parties an opportunity to substitute that candidate and re-order their party lists; to repeal the requirement that the identity document of a voter must be stamped as proof of voting; to provide for different voting procedure for voters without addresses on the voter’s roll; to provide for the circumstances under which an agent may object to a voter whose name appears on the segment of the voters’ roll for the voting district in which the voting station is located; to limit the class of persons who may apply for accreditation to provide voter education for an election to juristic persons; to align the provision regarding the circumstances in which new ballot papers may be issued to voters with the provisions of the Local Government: Municipal Electoral Act, 2000; and

- Local Government: Municipal Electoral Act, 2000, so as to regulate the publication of, and objections to, a provisionally compiled voters’ roll ahead of elections, in order to establish a structured process of resolving these objections without jeopardising the preparation for elections; to provide for the prohibition of the use of public finances to fund party political campaigns, and to provide for matters connected therewith.
Table of contents

SECTION TITLE
1. Amendment of section 5 of Act 51 of 1996...
2. Amendment of section 15 of Act 51 of 1996...
3. Amendment of section 15A of Act 51 of 1996...
4. Amendment of section 20 of Act 51 of 1996
5. Insertion of section 21A in Act 51 of 1996
6. Amendment of section 7 of Act 73 of 1998...
7. Amendment of section 8 of Act 73 of 1998...
8. Amendment of section 11 of Act 73 of 1998
9. Amendment of section 20 of Act 73 of 1998
10. Amendment of section 24 of Act 73 of 1998
11. Substitution of section 28 of Act 73 of 1998
12. Amendment of section 38 of Act 73 of 1998...
13. Amendment of section 40 of Act 73 of 1998
14. Amendment of section 41 of Act 73 of 1998
15. Amendment of section 86 of Act 73 of 1998...
16. Amendment of section 87 of Act 73 of 1998
17. Amendment of Schedule 1 to Act 73 of 1998...
18. Amendment of section 6 of Act 27 of 2000
19. Amendment of section 11 of Act 27 of 2000...
20. Amendment of section 51 of Act 27 of 2000
21. Amendment of section 67 of Act 27 of 2000
22. Amendment of Schedule 3 to Act 27 of 2000...
23. Short title and commencement
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