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Virtually impossible: online secret ballot to elect speaker out of question

Parliament grapples with ‘logistical nightmare’ to elect new speaker under Covid-19 safety protocols

Parliamentary editor

Parliament is grappling with the logistical “nightmare” of ensuring that its 400 members will be kept safe from Covid-19 when they travel to Cape Town next Thursday for the first time since last year to elect a new speaker of the national assembly.

This comes as parliament’s top administrators conceded on Thursday that their ICT systems are not ready to allow all MPs a virtual simultaneous secret vote.  

Parliamentary chiefs on Thursday briefed the national assembly’s programming committee (NAPC) on preparations for a special sitting to elect a new speaker after the appointment of Thandi Modise as defence minister...

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