UDM grassroots support has requested their national leadership to warn fellow UDM supporters of the danger in voting for an alternative party where the UDM does not have a candidate in a specific ward and therefor call on all UDM supporters to…

THINK! Vote UDM and not for any other party!

On Election Day, 5 December 2000, a voter will receive at least two ballot papers. The first would be to vote for a candidate within their specific ward; the second would be to vote in support of a party for proportional representation in their Local Council. In certain areas, voters will receive a third ballot paper to vote in support of a party for proportional representation in a District Council.

When voting stations close, the physical count of ballot papers commences and when the totals are available, proportional seat allocation can be calculated. The total of the first ballot (votes for all ward candidates representing a certain party in a Local Council) is added to the total of the second ballot (all votes for the same political party in the same Local Council) and then a complicated prescribed formula is applied to calculate the proportional support of a certain party.

The involved ballot system, coupled with the complicated seat allocation system, places the electorate in a predicament of which it is probably not aware. Voters’, whose party of choice does not have a candidate in their ward, should carefully consider the influence that their vote would have on their political party of choice, before they vote for a candidate of another party.

What would in fact happen is that casting a vote for an alternative party’s ward candidate (other than the voter’s party of choice) would not only ultimately advantage that other party, but also disadvantage the party of their choice.

By voting for an alternative party’s ward candidate, a voter will be adding to the proportional support for that candidate’s party, which will subsequently negatively impact on their party of choice.

The UDM is participating in the Municipal Elections 2000 in all of the nine provinces. However, being a young party with limited resources, it is unfortunately not possible for the UDM to participate in all wards. Combined with the way that proportional seat allocation will be calculated, the UDM’s proportional support will be negatively affected, should our supporters vote for ward candidates of alternative political parties, where there are no UDM ward candidates. The exception being for independent ward candidates because votes cast in their favour will not form part of the proportional support calculation.

We therefore, after careful consideration, would like to encourage our supporters to be cognisant of this dilemma when making their mark on 5 December. Where the UDM has no ward candidates, we urge UDM supporters to not vote for any other party political ward candidate, except independent ward candidates.

THINK! Vote UDM and not for any other party!

Statement issued by:
Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President

28 November 2000