South Afric A Strong Foundation For Their Emerging Democratic Constitution

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South Africa in recent years has been striving to stabilize a strong foundation for their emerging democratic constitution. Barkan and Reynolds, two researches discuss the positive and negative effects of each electoral process and provide numerous details of how each process may in turn affect South Africa. Barkan provides a good point that the single-member districts require both communication between the all parties of government and the government representatives with the constituents, in order to produce the results at an unfair advantage or misrepresentation to any group. Reynolds agrees with Barkan, but believes that an entirely new system including portions of the current system, proportionality representation, need inclusion to the single-member district processing, in order to have a equal representation between majority and minority groups alike. I agree with Reynolds that the current system needs to remain, but adapt with the additional approach called the single-member district, as proposed by Barkan. In the recently formed democracies of Africa, debate has arisen as to how the continued evolvement and improvement will achieve a stable and successful governing process. The article “Elections in Agrarian Societies,” by Joel Barkan argues his stance that proportional representation (PR) is the prime precedent for electoral process in developing democracies (Barkan, 106). Barkan acknowledges the accepted statistic of the experienced enfeeblement of communication

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