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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply the theories and processes to facilitate local government elections 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
255575  Apply the theories and processes to facilitate local government elections 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Administration 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Public Administration 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for learners working within a local government structure, who participate in municipal governance and have been elected as municipal councillors, where the acquisition of competence against this standard will add value to one's job and managerial capabilities. The completion of this standard will provide the learner with knowledge of how elections are conducted and an insight into the proportional electoral system used at national and provincial level.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Demonstrating an understanding democratic processes.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the election process.
  • Analysing and interpreting different electoral theories and determining appropriate choices for local government elections.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of local government electoral dispensation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of democratic processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The transition to democracy in South Africa is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Transformation policies and practices are explained in relation to the position of local government. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The nature and characteristics of democracy are outlined with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Democratic processes are explained in the context of elections. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Democratic processes in the context of elections include but are not limited to the formulation of seat allocation, proportionality, floor crossing and by-elections.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the election process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Previous elections and electoral processes are reviewed in local, national and provincial context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Elections are reviewed according to success factors and the stability or instability of elections and the way forward that was decided upon as a result.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The process for conducting elections by the Electoral Commission is explained in the context of local government municipal elections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The legislation that determines electoral processes is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The requirements to the electoral candidate or a party in elections are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The method for determining and declaring election results is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The various procedures during elections are outlined in the context of local government elections. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Procedures include but are not limited to the run-up to elections, the election process and a distinction between ward and proportionally elected councillors.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Analyse and interpret different electoral theories and determine appropriate choices for local government elections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A typology of theories explaining electoral systems is evaluated in relation to the implementation of successful democracy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The different electoral models utilised in local government elections are identified with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The advantages and disadvantages of each model are evaluated in the context of local government. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The most appropriate choices for local government elections are discussed with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of local government's electoral dispensation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The philosophy of local government electoral dispensation is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The structures and functions of local government are discussed in relation to democratic elections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role of councillors in the electoral processes are explained with examples. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learner must demonstrate an understanding of:
  • A history of elections and electoral processes in SA.
  • Electoral theories, processes and systems.
  • Democracy as a means of transformation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking processes to review electoral theories and processes and decide on appropriate theories for local government context. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in a team, group, or organisation in order to ensure democracy in electoral processes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to keep abreast of trends and developments in electoral processes and democratic transformation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relating to electoral processes, theories and systems and how this is integrated into democratic processes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to access and disseminate information pertaining to electoral processes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility to the environment and health of others to access information relating to electoral processes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognising that local government electoral processes not exist in isolation but is affected by a variety of factors including political and economic climate and stages of transformation and democracy. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participate as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities by effectively ensuring that electoral processes are democratic and contribute to the local government agenda of transformation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  67467   National Certificate: Municipal Governance  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.