Mozambican non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have urged political parties to select equal numbers of men and women on their lists of parliamentary candidates for the general elections scheduled for 15 October 2014.
The appeal, issued by a range of organisations including Gender Links, Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa), and JOINT (League of NGOs in Mozambique), reminds the parties that, under the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development, at least 50 percent of decision-making posts in both public and private sectors in SADC member states should be occupied by women by 2015.
The NGOs state that none of the three parliamentary parties - the ruling the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO), Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) and the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) have a woman as either their president or their general secretary.
To read the article titled, “NGOs call for gender parity,” click here.Source:All Africa
Malawi’s ruling party, the People's Party (PP), has disclosed plans to establish a Malawi Development Bank with loan access at low interest rates in an effort to reduce poverty through sound economic management and governance.
In its manifesto, "The PP recognises that economic management and good governance are central to a transformational poverty reduction agenda.”
However, it points out that the main challenge of maintaining macro-economic stability is that Malawi faces significant internal and external imbalances.
To read the article titled, “Malawi Development Bank to revamp the economy,” click here.Source:All Africa
Several international law experts describe the decision by the South African Police Service (SAPS) not to investigate the torture of opposition activists in the run-up to the 2008 elections in Zimbabwe as ‘irrational and unreasonable’.
Professor John Dugard, former United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, University of London criminal law professor Kevin Heller, Stellenbosch University law professor Gerhard Kemp and University of Cape Town international law lecturer, Dr Hannah Woolaver, have joined the case as amici curiae (friends of the court).
Meanwhile, police commissioner General Riah Phiyega is appealing against the Supreme Court of Appeal’s 2013 judgment declaring that the SAPS is empowered to investigate the alleged offences irrespective of whether or not the alleged perpetrators are present in South Africa.
To read the article titled, “SAPS appeals ruling on Zim torture claims,” click here.Source:IOL News
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has acknowledged mistakes during this year’s elections, but says like any other organisation in the world, the electoral body was not perfect.
IEC deputy chairperson, Terry Tselane, points out that, “These elections were not perfect. No election is. In the next coming weeks we will be reflecting and looking at what went wrong.”
The IEC has come under enormous pressure from opposition parties, including the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Pan Africanist Congress, who accused the IEC of rigging elections in favour of the ruling African National Congress, particularly in Gauteng.
To read the article titled, “Election wasn't perfect, but it was free and fair,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Election observers from the Commonwealth, the African Union (AU), the Southern African Development Community, civil society groups and other organisations have been deployed in South Africa for tomorrow’s elections.
Gabriel Smith of Liberia who is with the AU team in KwaZulu-Natal, says South Africans must take pride in the democratic system they achieved 20 years ago.
He explains: "It is good that our people in Africa, specifically South Africa has chosen a path of democracy and we hope our citizens can take pride in their achievement, transitioning from a system of apartheid into a democratic system of governance that gives voice to the masses, they can hold the elected officials accountable within this healthy process."
To read the article titled, “Election observers hail SA's democracy,” click here.Source:SABC News
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says voters are allowed to go to voting stations donning political party-branded regalia.
Speaking from the national results operations centre in Pretoria, IEC chairperson, Pansy Tlakula, pointed out that, "We have heard in the past that voters are not allowed to wear T-shirts of their political parties. The law doesn't say that."
She explains: "Voters can wear anything. Imagine if a voter turns up with a T-shirt of a political party then we say to them 'go back and dress properly'. How many would we turn back?"
To read the article titled, “Wear what you want for vote – Tlakula,” click here.Source:News 24
President Jacob Zuma tops a list of the top 20 ‘loudmouths’ in the run-up to the elections, with Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, coming in a close second.
According to an interim report released by the Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), Zuma received the most media coverage in the months leading up to the elections.
EFF leader Julius Malema is in second place, followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Helen Zille, DA Gauteng premier candidate, Mmusi Maimane, and Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.
To read the article titled, “Zumabeats Malema as election loudmouth – survey,” click here.Source:News 24
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson, Pansy Tlakula, says they are expecting a 70 percent voter turnout on 7 May 2014.
Tlakula cast her vote at the Orange Grove Primary School in Sydenham, Johannesburg, on 5 May 2014, where she told the media that the IEC is ready for the and that it is all systems go.
Tlakula says polling stations are open for special votes countrywide from 5-6 May 2014 and that home visits are also being conducted.
To read the article titled, “It's all systems go for the 2014 elections: Tlakula,” click here.Source:SABC News
The Institute of Security Studies (ISS) says it is critical for political parties at this stage of the election season to maximise the number of voters that they get to the polls.
ISS consultant, Jonathan Faull, says to do this political parties need functional apparatus across the provinces and on a national level.
Faull further says that if political parties hope to compete on a national stage they will need machinery, volunteers and they also need the momentum to carry out their campaign.
To read the article titled, “Political parties need to keep their supporters interested: ISS,” click here.Source:SABC News
The Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) says the media has allowed political parties to set the agenda for coverage of the election campaign and neglected issues affecting ordinary citizens.
In an interim report on the media's handling of the elections, the watchdog says 52 percent of all stories 7 May 2014 polls concern ‘party campaigning’ and ‘party politics’.
The organisation explains that a break-down of election coverage show that corruption was the third-ranking topic, followed by election logistics. These stories however mostly focused on the Nkandla controversy and the legal woes of the Independent Electoral Commission chairperson, Pansy Tlakula.
To read the article titled, “Ordinary citizens forgotten in election coverage: monitor,” click here.Source:Times Live