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South Africa's Electoral System

Abstract: A 10 page paper discussing the framework, the list proportional representation electoral system, by which it has conducted its first two national elections after the end of apartheid. The system allows many parties to be heard, but often can block long-term progress. Other nations new to democracy have chosen the same electoral system as did South Africa, but then stayed with systems that are not conducive to maturation of the democracy. South Africa, however, has taken the route of inviting nearly as many voices as there are views for the first two elections, and then reassessing its electoral system to avoid the traps of remaining mired in the many-voice approach. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

Filename: KSelect.doc

Pages: 10


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Subcatagory: Africa


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