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Sunday, July 31, 2016

All in the Numbers. David Lipschitz Letter to the Cape Times published Fri 29 Jul 2016

THERE are three political parties: party A, party B and party C.

There are 10 voters. Three people vote for party A, two people vote for party B, one person votes for party C.

Party A wins the vote with 50 percent of the vote, even though only 60 percent of the voters voted. And party C maybe doesn't get enough votes to even get a seat in Parliament.

If the four people who didn't vote, voted for party C, then party C would have got five votes and would have won the elections with 50 percent of the overall vote.

This means that a small party that gets people who are dissatisfied with South Africa's five main parties to vote for it can win the elections.

If you don't vote, you vote for the winner, and you have nothing to complain about.

Note that I won't be voting because I have deregistered as a voter, and I will be representing myself in Parliament, according to the provisions of the Preamble of the South African constitution.

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