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Lesotho’s Early Vote to End Political Crisis

A South African official states that, Lesotho's leaders are planning to head to the polls early in a bid to restore political order following an attempted coup and stalled peace talks between deadlocked political parties.

South Africa's minister of international relations and cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has announced that as a result of the coalition government not being ‘fully functional’ Lesotho's leaders are planning to ‘shorten the mandate, of the coalition’.

Malawi Development Bank to Revamp the Economy

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.
 

IEC Admits Mistakes During Elections

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.” 
 

Election Observers Commend SA’s Democracy

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.

Voters Can Wear Anything on 7 May

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?"

Zuma Tops As Election Loudmouth

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.

IEC Expects 70 Percent Voter Turnout

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.

Call for Political Parties to Keep Voters Interested

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. 

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