What will happen to your vote?

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- news24.com | 2 months ago

On May 8 voters will draw their crosses next to the parties of their choice to elect who will represent them in Parliament and provincial legislatures.

But how do those crosses help make up the representation in Parliament?South Africa has a proportional system for national and provincial elections, which means we vote for parties and not candidates contesting a ward. The political party then gets a share of seats in Parliament in direct proportion to the number of votes it got in the election.

This means almost every vote counts – the votes for parties who don't get enough votes to win a seat in a legislature goes to the party already represented, which who was the closest to winning another seat.

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