7th meeting of the expert panel to contemplate

a new electoral system for South Africa

7 December 2020

Zoom Panel Discussion

The 7th panel discussion of the Inclusive Society Institute’s (ISI) expert panel on electoral reform met on Monday, 7 December 2020, to give their final inputs into the draft report which will contain their proposals for a new electoral system in South Africa. Parliament is compelled to consider a new system that will allow for independent candidates to stand for election in national and provincial elections.

The Constitutional Court earlier this year declared the current Electoral Act unconstitutional in that it only allows for political parties to make themselves available for election at national and provincial election.

The ISI aims to complete the report ready for publication in early January. It will thereafter embark on a campaign to promote its position to the public and public policymakers. The institute aims to also fully participate in the parliamentary processes to follow to deliberate a new electoral model



Mr. Roelf Meyer

In Transformation Initiative

Chief Government negotiator during the democratic transition in South Africa, former Minister of Constitutional Development, and currently a director of the In Transformation Initiative

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Ms. Deyana Isaacs

University of Stellenbosch

She undertakes research and lectures Political Governance at the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch.

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Prof. Dirk Kotze

University of South Africa

Professor in Political Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He serves as one of the vice-presidents for of the International Political Science Association and the National Secretary of the South African Association of Political Studies.

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Prof. William Gumede

University of the Witwatersrand & Democracy Works

Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance and Chairperson of Democracy Works Foundation.



Mr. Ebrahim Fakir

Auwil Socio-Economic Research Institute

Political commentator and Director of Programs at Auwil Socio-Economic Research Institute. Former  academic, head of political parties and parliamentary programme at EISA, visiting fellow at the Institute for Development Studies @ University of Essex, and visiting Drapre Hills Summer Fellow @ Stanford University.



Ms. Dren Nupen

Elexions Agency

Former Executive Director of the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa and former Regional Director for Africa at the Open Society Initiative. She brings extensive election experience to the dialogue.


Prof. Firoz Cachalia

University of the Witwatersrand

Professor at the Law School at the University of the Witwatersrand.



Prof. Jorgen Elklit

Aarhus University, Denmark

Current academic convenor of Aarhus University’s yearly MatchPoints seminar. He is a previous member of the South African Independent Electoral Commission, responsible for the conduct of the 1994 South African Parliamentary and Provincial Elections and secretary to the Independent Review Commission.


Prof. Cherrel Africa


University of the Western Cape

Formerly she worked at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa and has since joined the University of the Western Cape as the associate professor and chair for political sciences. She is an elections expert and experienced public commentator. She also served as an election analyst for the SABC and ENCA.



Prof. Rassie Malherbe

University of Cape Town

He currently offers an extra-curricular programme in the drafting of legislation at the University of Cape Town. He is a former professor of public law and Head of the Department of Public Law at the University of Johannesburg. He was involved in the constitution-making process in the nineties and still advises government institutions on legislative issues.

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Mr. Grant Masterson

stood in on behalf of

Dr. Denis Kadima

Electoral Institute of Southern Africa

Dr. Kadima is the current Executive Director of EISA. He previously worked for the National Democratic Institute for international Affairs as the Senior Programme Manager.



Dr. Brigalia Bam


Former Chairperson of the Independent Elections Commission of South Africa