As a result, when an independent candidate wins votes that go beyond the quota to secure a single seat, the additional votes are wasted. For example, if an independent candidate is awarded five seats, they only get one. The remainder of the four seats are recalculated and can be obtained by another independent candidate or by a political party.
For MVC, the signing of the law is lukewarm in that although we are now certain on what electoral system will be in place come 2024, it is still heavily riddled with issues making it an unfair playing field for independent candidates. MVC is not going to be part of any court action at this stage because we feel it would only prolong any uncertainties for the upcoming 2024 elections.
You can read an explanation on the new law written by our Electoral Systems Researcher, Letlhogonolo Letshele.