South Africa
South Africa

South Africa’s election was prepared and conducted in a professional and transparent manner and in accordance with the relevant laws governing elections in South Africa, the African Union (AU) election observation mission team said on Saturday.

“South Africa National and Provincial elections were peaceful, transparent, inclusive and credible. The people of South Africa were given the opportunity to elect leaders of their choice,” the AU Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to South Africa’s election said in a preliminary election-assessment statement on Saturday.

“The 2019 elections satisfied the African Union and international standards for democratic elections,” the preliminary election-assessment statement read.

The AUEOM also “highly commends stakeholders for their invaluable contribution to achieving this outcome.”

“The mission noted that the electoral system ensures inclusivity and guarantees that every vote counts,” the AU Election Observation Mission to South Africa’s election said in a preliminary election-assessment statement that was issued on Saturday.

“The IEC prepared and conducted the elections in a professional and transparent manner and in accordance with the relevant laws governing elections in South Africa,” the statement read.

South Africans went to the polls on Wednesday to elect their representatives for the National and Provincial Legislative Assemblies as part of the sixth consecutive election held since the introduction of multiparty democracy in 1994.

“Despite concerns from some stakeholders about the competence of the IEC’s ad hoc staff at the local level, the AUEOM observed that the elections proceeded generally well and within a conducive environment that ensured citizens exercised their right to vote,” it added.

The AUEOM also commended the high participation of women who constituted 55 percent of the registered voters, 43.7 percent of candidates and 73 percent of polling officials.

“However, only 18.5 percent of youth in the 18-19 age bracket registered to vote,” the mission said, adding “This calls for serious attention as a significant proportion of first-time voters were apathetic.”

The AU deployed a short-term election observation mission, which is led by the former President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete, from April 29 to 14 following an invitation from the South African government and the IEC.

Forty-eight political parties contested the 2019 South African elections, a significant increase from the 25 that contested in 2014.

The elections witnessed a significant broadening of electoral participation as evidenced by the high number of registered voters, 26.7 million, according to the AU.

The AUEOM is expected to release its final report two months after the elections, containing a detailed assessment of the electoral process and recommendations, it was noted. Enditem

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