Johannesburg - The government welcomed international
election observers to SA ahead of Wednesday's general elections, the department
of international relations said on Monday.
Observers were dispatched from the Southern African
Development Community (SADC), the AU and the Commonwealth to follow the
elections, spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement.
The UN was also invited to send observers.
"In addition, ambassadors and high commissioners
accredited to South Africa have been invited by the Independent Electoral
Commission [IEC] to visit polling stations throughout the country; and this
invitation is not transferable."
This was not necessarily a standard international
practice, as not all countries extended this courtesy to the diplomatic corps.
"In fact in South Africa it was previously extended
beyond just the ambassador/high commissioner.
"And we do this even for countries that don't extend
the same courtesy to us during their own elections."
The international election observers would be spread
across all nine provinces to assess the South African electoral process and
monitor compliance with international standards.
Government urged everyone participating in the election
to co-operate with the observers.
"The practice of foreign countries and international
organisations monitoring elections is accepted as one of the ways in which the
international community can monitor and promote compliance with democratic
values, principles and practices," Monyela said.
South African election observers had been sent to other
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