What is ADeC?
On 1 and 2 December 2017, sixteen civil society formations and numerous individuals broke away from various political parties representing all nine South African provinces and gathered at the Maths Centre in Braamfontein, Johannesburg (Gauteng Province) to charter a new way forward for South Africa. These predominantly young South Africans were all tired of watching their country being led by an immoral, unethical and corrupt leadership. They vowed to defend their hard-earned unity, democracy and the legacy of their liberators, thus resolving to create a new political home for all South Africans irrespective of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural groups. That marked the birth of the African Democratic Change (ADeC). ADeC is registered as a political party at the IEC for the purposes of giving civilians and representatives from all sectors of civil society a platform to directly elect their constituency representative in government from a national and provincial level. While this new political model has not been implemented before in South Africa, ADeC believes that there is a desperate need for change in the current political landscape.
What is a constituency?
This is a geographical location made up of various wards, as defined by the National and Provincial Boards. Regions, as defined in the van Zyl Slabbert report, will be the divided into constituencies.
Region – A region is an area defined as per the van Zyl Slabbert report. Within the report, it is referred to as a constituency, however, we are defining these as regions, but maintain the use of the same boundaries.
Constituency – A constituency is an area defined within a region. Depending on the number of seats allocated to a region as per the van Zyl Slabbert report, that region will be divided into that number of constituencies.
What is a constituency candidate?
This is an individual who represents their constituency in the national elections, and will be provided with the opportunity to represent their constituency in parliament and the provincial legislatures, should they receive the adequate number of votes. The application process will be finalised within a month’s time.
Do you have to have a degree to stand as a constituency candidate?
You do not have to have a degree to stand as a constituency candidate, however, as ADeC believes strongly in the development of community leaders, all candidates will be provided with mandatory training to enable them to run their campaigns effectively.
Do you need to have money to stand as a constituency candidate?
No, however, you will need to source funding through crowdfunding techniques. There will be fundraising workshops put in place that will provide candidates with the knowledge required to fundraise the adequate resources within their constituencies to effectively run their campaign.
Who can apply to be a constituency candidate?
Anyone can apply to be a constituency candidate, given that they are eighteen years of age and active within their communities. These individuals will have to practice moral and ethical leadership as well as subscribe to the ADeC Code of Ethics as well as the ideals that are outlined within this document – ‘Politics Unusual’.
What are ADeC tithes?
This is the money that is payepaidADeC for its operational costs from the candidates who are deployed in Provincial legislatures and the National Assembly. These tithes will be a percentage of the salaries of all ADeC representatives in the national and provincial legislatures.
What is the difference between the provincial and national open lists, and the provincial and national closed lists?
The provincial and national closed lists are lists to the government that are decided solely by the ADeC National Board of Directors. The provincial and national open lists are lists to the government that are elected by constituencies and confirmed by the ADeC National Board of Directors.