THE SA VOTING SYSTEM EXPLAINED: The Proportional Representation voting system that is used in SA means that every vote counts and that NONE ARE WASTED. This why it is important to vote for smaller parties and NOT the main parties like ANC or DA!
VERY SIMPLE – IT WORKS LIKE THIS:
10 people go to vote. 6 vote “ANC” and 4 vote for the “fairy tale” party. The ANC will get 6 out of 10 votes which is 60% of the seats in parliament and the “fairy tale” party will get 4 out of 10 votes which is 40% of the seats.
If 13 people go to vote the sum looks like this:
Still only 6 people have vote for the ANC as before,
and once again 4 people for the “fairy tale” party,
but now 2 people for the “happy” party,
and 1 person for the “we care” party
and 1 person for the “nou gaan ons braai” party.
NOW the ANC still only gets 6 votes, but it is out of out of 13 votes which means they only get 46% of the seats, whereas previously those same 10 votes would have given them 60%!
The “fairy tale” party gets 4 out of 13 votes which is 30% of the seats.
The “happy” party gets 2 out of 13 which is 15%, the “we care” and the “nou gaan ons braai” party each get 1 out of 13 which gives them 7.6% each.
The “other” “smaller” parties actually REDUCE the ANC majority and strengthen the opposition.
IF YOU DO NOT VOTE YOU ACTUALLY STRENGTHEN THE MAJORITY PARTY (ANC)
Vote for the party that shares your beliefs and principles?
If only the ANC and the DA votes were counted in 2014 the ANC would have had 73.65% of the seats and the DA 26.34%.
However because a further 2 873 992 people voted for OTHER parties the ANC only received 62.15% of the seats.
NO VOTES ARE WASTED, not even those who did not get seats as they are counted in order to determine the % of seats a party will get.
Don`t believe the WASTED VOTE LIE!
Furthermore, even if your party is a small minority, the more seats they have, the more funding and resources they receive to further their aims and to grow.
VOTE FOR A SMALLER PARTY!