THE one-vote one-value principle for the electoral system for the September 2014 elections could be a myth as a result of the vote threshold for parties and independent candidates.
This is the view of Aman Ravindra-Singh, a lecturer on advocacy, human rights law and criminal law at the USP's School of Law.
At a public lecture at USP last Thursday evening, Mr Ravindra-Singh said the 5 per cent threshold made it difficult for independent candidates and smaller parties to get into parliament.
He suggested the threshold be made flexible for independent candidates, as it was difficult for them to be expected to achieve the same threshold as an entire political party.
"It would be unfair and unjust for an independent candidate to also hold with the same 5 per cent threshold that an entire party is required to achieve to get a seat in parliament," he said.
Mr Ravindra-Singh said proportionally, each of the 50 seats represented 2 per cent of the vote, but the Constitution required parties and independent candidates to have at least 5 per cent of the vote to win any seat in parliament.
The Citizens' Constitutional Forum previously raised similar concerns with the issue.
Mr Ravindra-Singh said with the party list system, individuals on the list of a party that achieved the 5 per cent threshold overall could reach parliament with less votes than an independent.
"It looks to me as though political parties would find it easier to secure seats, whereas independent voices, people wishing to represent possible minorities by being an independent, would find it more difficult," Mr Ravindra-Singh said.