#Election2019 FAQ: Can I vote differently for national and provincial governments?

File: Elections 2019: The voting process.

File: Elections 2019: The voting process.

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JOHANNESBURG - Did you know you can vote differently for provincial and national governments on 8 May? The PR electoral system allows you to cast your vote in favour of two distinct political parties on the national and provincial ballot papers.

Here's what you need to know.

Q: Can I vote differently for national and provincial?

A: Yes, South Africa operates using a proportional representative electoral system. You vote for a political party to get seats in the national or provincial legislatures. Essentially you can vote for one party on the national ballot paper and a different party on the provincial ballot paper.

The ‘proportional representation’ system was selected for its inclusiveness, its simplicity, and its tendency to encourage coalition governance.

A political party is allocated seats in proportion to the number of votes it receives.

Registered to vote? Check your registration status here

Source: Independent Electoral Commission

 

 

 

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