ANC finds formula for proportional representation ‘strange’
The ANC says it’s strange that where it won most wards, it ended up with lower overall percentages.
JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it has noted, what it says is a strange phenomenon in the formula for proportional representation which appears to favour smaller parties.
The party says it finds it strange that in areas where it won the majority of wards, it still ended up with lower overall percentages - failing to secure the majority vote.
The party says it will discuss this issue at its National Executive Committee meeting in Irene this week.
The ANC says while it's not crying foul, it does find it strange how the formula for proportional representation affects overall performance.
Secretary General Gwede Mantshe says, "In a number of areas where we have a majority of wards, we ended up being smaller. The example would be in Port Elizabeth where we 60 percent of wards but we end up with 40 percent overall."
Mantashe says the party will be analysing this system, before deciding what action to take next.
During the four day meeting which started today, the party will analyse its election results from as far back as 1994 to see how it can stop a decline in support.