Elections were free and fair – AU observers

2014-05-09 13:57

SA’s 2014 general elections were free and fair, African Union (AU) election observer missions said.

“The preliminary conclusion is that the elections were free, fair and transparent,” said head of the AU observer mission, Professor Ibrahima Fall, today.

Fall praised the Electoral Commission of SA’s (IEC) use of technology in conducting the elections.

“The process was elaborate to ensure accountability,” he said.

“The capturing and transmission of votes are done electronically and are efficient.”

Former Ghanaian president John Kufuor, a member of the mission, was not overly concerned about the discovery of ballot papers found dumped in Pretoria and Diepsloot, north of Joburg.

“I don’t think the incidents were too many, considering the size of the country and its history. We believe that the IEC will move from strength to strength from here,” Kufuor said.

Kufuor said SA had set the bar for other countries on the continent.

“This is a preliminary report, but I can assure you it is going to become the final one,” he said.

The AU had 57 observers across the nine provinces during the elections.

The Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) observers said the country had been adequately prepared for the elections.

“I congratulate the IEC, government, society and media for their orderly and peaceful elections whose outcome no doubt reflects the will of the people,” said the head of the SADC observer mission, Justice Mahapela Lehohla.

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