Inclusive ward delimitation in South Africa: analysing critical issues
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Ward delimitation does not only affect registered voters but also the entire society. In making use of registered voters to delimit wards it is assumed that registered voters are true representation of the population as the only legitimate stakeholders. This assumption is flawed in many ways. Arguably, ward delimitation using voter equities is not only partisan but also discriminatory. Comparative countries' case studies were employed to analyse
ward delimitation and its implications. Two findings were critical; one, the use of electoral voters roll in elections and ward delimitation is exclusive and has potential to undermine participatory democracy. Secondly, delimitation of wards linked to five years of electoral cycle is short-lived and has potential intended and unintended consequences. It is for this reason that electoral reforms that deepen participatory democracy and stable decennial ward delimitation system are recommended.