JOHANNESBURG, May 12– South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has explained that the allocation of seats in provincial legislatures and in the national Parliament is determined according to the outcome of voter turnout.
IEC Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepa says the bigger the turnout, the higher the quota to acquire a seat.
About 18 million people voted in the national and provincial elections held on May 7.
Moepya, explaining how the formula works for provincial legislatures, said on Sunday that a quota of votes per seat must be determined by dividing the total number of votes cast in a province by the number of valid votes cast in that province and adding one to that number.
“For example in the Northern Cape we have 422,431 valid votes and there are 30 seats in the province, you would divide the valid votes cast by 30 seats plus one to get the quota,” said Moepya.
He added that the factor is the number of valid votes available in the country.