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Citizens Forgotten in Election Coverage: MMA

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’.

NGO Likely to Back a Political Party

The political Abahlali baseMjondolo is considering backing a political party for the first time since 2006, but their clout comes at a price.

For the first time since 2006, the shack dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, is not staging a ‘no land, no house, no vote’ campaign as it has done for several editions of UnFreedom Day – an unofficial South African holiday – that it commemorates each year on 28 April 2014.

Manifestos Overlook Children’s Rights - NGOs

A number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have pointed out that children's rights to education and healthcare are not considered an election issue by parties, but should be.

Children's rights to education, healthcare and services are not picketed and protested over nor considered an election issue by communities because they do not even know what children's rights are, says Centre for Child Law.

Centre for Child Law attorney, Karabo Ngidi, points out that, "Mostly in rural areas and townships people don't even think of it as an issue, let alone an election issue."

ANC Culprit in Voter Intimidation - Report

The African National Congress (ANC) is the chief transgressor when it comes to perpetrating acts of intimidation against members and supporters of opposition political parties in the run-up to the May elections.

A report by the Community Agency for Social Enquiry (CASE) paints a grim picture of politicians acting with impunity by manipulating voters and the electoral process to maintain their dominance.

Candidate Lists for Public Inspection

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says that the lists of candidates for the 7 May 2014 general election will be available for public inspection on 28 March, 31 March and 1 April 2014.

In a press statement, IEC spokesperson, Kate Bapela, points out that, "The comprehensive list will include all supporting documentation…”

Malawi Under Pressure From Aid Donors

President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, is under pressure from foreign aid donors and is facing a tough re-election battle.

Banda has promised forensic audit of suspected government corruption over the last decade.

She says the audit, which is backed by Britain and the European Union, will help reveal the extent of corruption in the impoverished southern African state.

African Youth Not Interested in Elections - AU

African Union’s (AU) chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, says the union is worried about the growing trend of unconcern towards electoral processes among young people in democracies across Africa.  
 
Speaking at a gala dinner to mark the 160th anniversary of Adams College, Dlamini-Zuma states that it is essential for young people in Africa to become active in shaping the future they are to inherit.
 
She has encouraged the youth to participate in elections and policy development initiatives aswell as to hold their governments accountable.
 

SASSA Warned Ahead of Elections

The National Anti-Corruption Forum has urged the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to be vigilant as the 2014 elections draw closer.
 
The forum says some politicians are beginning to interfere with the agency's work in a desperate attempt to push their parties' agendas.
 
The latest SASSA annual report has revealed that over 7 700 fraud and corruption cases were registered with the agency in the past year.
 

GEC Website Hacked

Hackers have targeted the website of Ghana's electoral commission as votes are counted after tightly contested elections.

The commission says the website is up again, but it is currently blank.

The commission has tweeted, urging people to ignore "fake results" circulating on social media.

To read the article titled, “Ghana election commission website hacked” click here.

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