Small parties: Getting into Parliament is easier than expected

Small parties: Getting into Parliament is easier than expected

48 political parties have registered to contend in this year's election tomorrow, and if you are wondering why, here's your answer: Politicians only need 0.25% of the vote to secure a seat in Parliament and to obtain all the perks that go along with it.

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There has been a substantial amount of buzz around smaller political parties heading in to tomorrow's general election, with people deeming a vote in support of one of them a waste of time.

However, there are two main reasons why smaller, newer parties are all lining up to give it their best shot.

The first reason is that a member of Parliament, irrespective of the size of their party, earns about R91 000 a month.

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The second is that it really isn't that difficult to get elected in the first place. Parliament has 400 seats up for grabs every election, one of the largest in the world. reported that only around 19 million South Africans are expected to cast their mark tomorrow, only a third of the eligible populace.

This means that a political party would only need to secure about 46 000 votes to score a seat in Parliament, a job that could hardly be deemed very demanding, according to The Citizen.

If the turnout at the elections drops to 60%, a small party would only need 40 000 votes to get into Parliament, something that won't be too hard to achieve with the current volatile political climate.

While the ANC, DA and EFF jostle for top marks on Wednesday, smaller parties will be happy to score just a seat or two for themselves.

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