Calculation of seats in polls queried

SUMMING UP: ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete with President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. The party is holding a four-day national executive committee meeting to discuss its performance in the local government elections. Picture: ALON SKUY
SUMMING UP: ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete with President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. The party is holding a four-day national executive committee meeting to discuss its performance in the local government elections. Picture: ALON SKUY

The ANC is taking issue with the calculation of seats which it says benefits smaller parties and undercuts its majority as it assesses its dramatic decline in electoral performance.

Briefing the media before the party’s national executive committee meeting in Irene yesterday‚ ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said this would form part of the analysis of the election results to take place over the next four days.

“There’s a strange phenomenon that is quite clear . . . in a number of areas where we have a majority of wards we end up being smaller,” he said.

He used Nelson Mandela Bay and Johannesburg as examples where the ANC took most of the wards in the metros but ended up with a smaller number of seats.

“We’re asking the question‚ this proportion which is half of the seats‚ why is it used in overall seats? It is an issue which is open for discussion.”

Mantashe said the party was not crying foul, but was raising the issue because smaller parties benefited from the calculation rather than it being fair and proportionate.

The NEC was meeting to assess its dramatic decline from 62% in 2011 to 54% in last week’s election.

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