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Floor crossing in South Africa was a controversial system under which members of Parliament, members of provincial legislatures and local government councillors could change political party (or form a new party) and take their seats with them when they did so. Floor crossing in South Africa was abolished in January 2009. Five parties were created by floor crossing in 2003, including the Independent Democrats (ID) and New Labour Party (NLP); in 2005, the National Democratic Convention (Nadeco) and Progressive Independent Movement (PIM).

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  • Floor crossing (Südafrika)
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  • Unter Floor crossing verstand man in Südafrika die Möglichkeit, dass Abgeordnete des nationalen Parlaments, eines Provinz- oder Kommunalparlaments die Partei wechseln und dabei ihren Sitz behalten konnten. Obwohl dieser Begriff auch in anderen Commonwealth-Staaten gebräuchlich ist, erlangte die südafrikanische Variante in ihrer spezifischen Praxis eine besondere Bedeutung.
  • Floor crossing in South Africa was a controversial system under which members of Parliament, members of provincial legislatures and local government councillors could change political party (or form a new party) and take their seats with them when they did so. Floor crossing in South Africa was abolished in January 2009. Five parties were created by floor crossing in 2003, including the Independent Democrats (ID) and New Labour Party (NLP); in 2005, the National Democratic Convention (Nadeco) and Progressive Independent Movement (PIM).
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  • Unter Floor crossing verstand man in Südafrika die Möglichkeit, dass Abgeordnete des nationalen Parlaments, eines Provinz- oder Kommunalparlaments die Partei wechseln und dabei ihren Sitz behalten konnten. Obwohl dieser Begriff auch in anderen Commonwealth-Staaten gebräuchlich ist, erlangte die südafrikanische Variante in ihrer spezifischen Praxis eine besondere Bedeutung.
  • Floor crossing in South Africa was a controversial system under which members of Parliament, members of provincial legislatures and local government councillors could change political party (or form a new party) and take their seats with them when they did so. Floor crossing in South Africa was abolished in January 2009. Floor crossing was originally enabled by amendments to the Constitution of South Africa and other legislation passed by Parliament. The amendments removed clauses requiring members of the National Assembly to give up their seats should they change parties. According to the void amendments, floor crossing was only permitted twice in an electoral term, in the second and fourth years after the general elections, from 1 to 15 September. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) unsuccessfully challenged the constitutionality of floor crossing. A bill to amend the constitution to again prevent politicians from keeping their seats when joining other parties, dubbed "crosstitutes", was tabled in Parliament in 2008. This was a consequence of the decision of the African National Congress at its December 2007 national congress in Polokwane to reject floor crossing. The bill was passed by Parliament and floor crossing was subsequently abolished when President Kgalema Motlanthe assented to the constitutional amendment 6 January 2009. Parties who gained floor crossers include the African National Congress (ANC), Democratic Alliance (DA), New National Party (NNP), Sport Party, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Phumelela Ratepayers Association, Potchefstroom Inwonersvereniging, Breedevallei Onafhanklik, and the Universal Party Five parties were created by floor crossing in 2003, including the Independent Democrats (ID) and New Labour Party (NLP); in 2005, the National Democratic Convention (Nadeco) and Progressive Independent Movement (PIM).
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