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SA Elections Declared Free and Fair

The African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have declared South Africa’s fourth democratic elections “free and fair”.

SADC observer mission leader, Balefi Tsie, says the elections were conducted in compliance with guidelines adopted by all SADC countries. However, Tsie says the SADC is concerned about campaigning during election day.

2009 National Elections: Voting Abroad

As South Africans vote in the fourth democratic national elections this week, I find it necessary to reflect on the achievement of one political party, the Freedom Front Plus. South Africans will recall that it is the FF Plus that took government to court over certain provisions of the Electoral Act, which it consistently argued that “they were unconstitutional”.

IEC Investigates Strewn Ballot Papers

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is investigating how thousands of ballot papers were found strewn across a road in Mpumalanga.

IEC chief electoral officer, Pansy Tlakula, points out that an investigation was underway to discover how the papers were waylaid.

Tlakula states that, “We have an established protocol for transporting ballot papers so we don’t know how this happened."

Concerns Over Party Funding

Political analyst and director at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Johannesburg, Steven Friedman, says the lack of regulation in political party funding is the biggest threat to democracy in South Africa.

Friedman points out that the lack of regulation of political party funding left "a big gaping loophole" in the fight against corruption and held the potential for criminalising politics.

Opposition Parties and Elections

While many may argue that the African National Congress (ANC) looks certain to lead the country into the 2014 polls, it would be naïve to ignore the many opposition parties contesting the elections in South Africa. Unlike in 2004, 1999 and 1994, the 2009 elections are characterised by a greater visibility of parties. Will they survive the elections given their limited funding, small support bases, unknown leaders and other challenges?
 

The EISA Election Update

The EISA Election Update provides relevant information around the electoral process and in that way promotes political dialogue among key actors, including civil society organisations, political parties, the election management body and monitors and observers. This update is aimed at providing useful information on numerous issues emanating from the 2009 general elections in South Africa.

For more information, click here (PDF).

EMN Concerned About IEC Political Links

The Election Monitoring Network (EMN) is concerned about reports that members of political parties are working for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Northern Cape.

The network is urging the IEC to investigate the allegations and publicise the findings. It says that a failure to do so may lead to some political parties rejecting the election results after the elections.

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