The electoral system and accountability

13 Sep 2018 - 09:15

Why changing the electoral system is not a magic bullet to establishing accountability

Opinion | Professor Pierre de Vos

"This weekend at the brilliant Open Book Festival in Cape Town, I attended a session where the panellists spoke about the need to change South Africa’s electoral system to ensure that our elected representatives become accountable to voters. While I agree that the current electoral system that operates at national and provincial level destroys individual accountability to voters, it is far from clear that a change in the electoral system will produce the level of accountability that many voters yearn for."

For the full article, go to Prof de Vos's blog at