ANC always wanted review of proportional representation system - Mantashe

The party said it is not crying foul by wanting to review the system which determines its seat allocation.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe shares a moment with FFPlus leader Pieter Mulder and Piet Croukamp. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it's always called for a review of the proportional representation system and is not just doing so now because of its decline in support.

The party held a four-day National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Centurion where it analysed its performance in the municipal elections.

One of the points discussed was the fairness of the formula used to calculate proportional representation.

The party said it is not crying foul by wanting to review the system which determines its overall seat allocation.

Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the party took a resolution at its Mangaung conference in 2012 to have the method looked into.

"All we're saying is that this method must be revisited. We must look into it and some international standards about what happens in other countries where there's the combination of the two. Not for these results. These results we've accepted."

Now the matter has again been raised with the party questioning why it won the most wards in some areas but still failed to secure a majority seat allocation.

Meanwhile, the ANC says it's ready to take on the role of opposition party should it fail to agree on coalitions in some municipalities.

Political parties have been engaging in coalition negotiations for leadership in 27 municipalities which have no outright winner after the municipal elections.

The party says while it's in talks over coalitions, it accepts that it won't emerge as majority leader in all 27 municipalities.

Mantashe said the NEC has met with numerous parties to discuss possible partnerships.

"These results we've accepted, that's why we're negotiating with other parties to form coalitions and talk to people because we're accepting these results."

But he says should some of these talks fail, the ANC is ready to sit in the opposition benches.

"If we agree, we'll go and form a government. If we don't agree, we're also psychologically ready to be in opposition benches."

The Economic Freedom Fighters is one of the parties the ANC has met with although it demands to have president Jacob Zuma recalled before it will consider a coalition.