Quote of the week

It is necessary that the integrity of the electoral process be maintained. Indeed, the acceptance of the election as being free and fair depends upon that integrity. Elections must not only be free and fair but they must be perceived as being free and fair. Even-handedness in dealing with all political parties and candidates is crucial to that integrity and its perception by voters. The Commission must not be placed in a situation where it has to make ad hoc decisions about political parties and candidates who have not complied with the Act. The requirement that documents must be submitted to the local offices of the Commission does not undermine the right to vote and to stand for election. It simply gives effect to that right and underscores the decentralised and local nature of municipal elections.

Ngcobo CJ
Electoral Commission of the Republic of South Africa v Inkatha Freedom Party
28 March 2007

Now Sweden to get same-sex marriage?

In Sweden, the special commissioner for consideration of the possibility of making marriage available to same-sex couples presented his report to the Minister for Justice 21 March 2007. The report contains proposals for a draft bill amending the Swedish Marriage Code, making it gender neutral. In his report the commissioner also proposes the repeal of the Swedish Registered Partnership Act. Registered partnerships that have not been dissolved at the time of entry into force of the amended Marriage Code would take effect as marriages. Representatives of religious communities would have the legal capacity but not the obligation to perform marriages irrespective of the gender of the future spouses. The amendments are proposed to take legal effect 1 January 2008.
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