IEC: Elections free and fair

2011-05-21 20:58

Pretoria - Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Brigalia Bam on Saturday declared the 2011 local government elections to be free and fair.

Making the declaration at the IEC's election centre in Pretoria, she praised political parties for accepting the adjudication of disputes by the IEC.

"It has been a pleasure to serve this nation. South Africa's multi-party democracy is increasingly being recognised by the international community," Bam said.

Bam said South Africa was a country where political battles were fought in the "ballot box" and one admired for "reputation of credible elections".

"South Africans have once more shown us the way, thank you South Africa.”

The African National Congress won 62% of the vote followed by the Democratic Alliance which received 23.9% of the votes cast on May 18.

The 2011 elections bucked the trend with an increased voter turnout at 57.6% according to IEC chief electoral officer Advocate Pansy Tlakula. She had hoped for at least 40% of the country's 23.65 million voters to cast their vote.

“We have broken an international trend,” said Tlakula.

In 2000 the turnout was 48% while at the last local government elections in 2006 it was 48.4%.

Bam urged those who did not vote, to accept the results of the elections.

The ANC took control of 198 councils, including 7 metro councils. The DA won control of 18 councils, including the City of Cape Town.

The Inkatha Freedom Party won five councils while the newly formed New Freedom Party won two councils. There were ties in nine councils.

According to the IEC 1.89% of all votes cast were spoilt votes.

This was a decline over the 2.27% of votes spoilt in the 2006 elections.

Tlakula said that there were 63 objections raised by political parties, but these had all been resolved.

“Not a single party has refused to accept the outcome of these elections.”

Chairperson of the Municipal Demarcation Board Landiwe Mahlangu praised the IEC for staging a successful election.

In his statement released on Saturday he said that the “next round” of demarcation and redetermination of municipal boundaries would be announced.

He urged communities and political parties to take part in the process which would precede the next municipal elections, which are expected to be held in 2016.

  • Stevehofmeye - 2011-05-21 21:13

    It's like a football match. If you failed to win the league, try next season. If you failed to get the majority, try next election!

      Unathi - 2011-05-21 21:25

      The ANC will work harder to with Cape Town all we need is additional 624 702 votes

  • Yoda - 2011-05-21 21:19

    compared to the rest of Africa...I tend to agree.

      Unathi - 2011-05-21 21:26

      Where are you now? This is Africa not Europe

      Yoda - 2011-05-21 22:38

      I have been working and living across Africa in the electoral environment for 13 years...white, male over 40...SA elections went off pretty well in comparison!

  • Stevehofmeye - 2011-05-21 21:29

    That's what Ajax Cape Town are saying!! All we need is three points!! Dream on.

  • Father-Time - 2011-05-21 21:29

    The anc celebrate in sandton while their "sheep" starve and brave the cold, nice one to zuma and the gang. PS - I have been told you can smell the zambuck from midrand!!!!!!!

  • Goddok - 2011-05-21 21:42

    To Brigalia Bam and the IEC, thanks for a job well done!!

      Unathi - 2011-05-21 21:56

      Agreed, SA is the best country to live in, I understand there some oxygen thieves who live amongst but also need to tolerate them and show them the way on how we should co exist.

      Templar - 2011-05-21 22:24

      Yeah're right. I fully agree. There are some oxygen thieves who live amongst're one of them... You're are the weakest link...goodbye.

  • Duzi09 - 2011-05-21 22:25

    Really all this chirping and the whole point is to accept. People stop being racist, No Need for it in our country. I'm suspecting you mature person due to the fact you following the news well, well then don't use your maturity and dont be racist! Come on guys

      Phutie - 2011-05-23 11:22

      whether you like or not S.A everything is about black and white for example I have been following this forum and most are white and pro DA.I checked the Sowetan forum the situation is different.

  • United Shark - 2011-05-21 22:34

    The irony in all this is that the reality is as follows: The ANC does provide to the middle income class (mainly whites and fair number of blacks) and to the rich. We all have electricty, clean water, roads, access to good schools and hospitals, etc. But the ANC does not provide much to the townships and the poor. WHY? Because the middle class/rich pay most of the taxes, so the ANC uses that money to provide them services, then gives the poor and townships a tiny, little bit (most don't benefit at all) and then takes the rest for themselves (ANC's families, friends, etc). Since the poor and township residents don't get much from the ANC, some show their frustrations by striking and by stealing from the middle class/rich (it's a small minorty that does crime). What happens next? The middle class/rich are not happy, coz they don't feel safe and nobody likes to live in fear. So under the ANC rule nobody is happy and the different races are fighting with each other, coz the poor want the same services as the middle class/rich, while middle class/rich don't want to live in fear. Solution: Think when you vote! Someone like the DA will maintain the services for the middle class/rich, but also help the poor/townships more. The end result will be that the poor/townships will become richer, happier and as a result stop striking and won't need to turn to crime. Dropping crime rate will make middle class/rich happy. So in the end, everyone will have better lives! Think about it!

      Refilwemu - 2011-05-23 10:32

      I'm not sure whether you are smoking tik or your are just IGNORANT and STUPID. what ever it is, you need to get sober quickly is Monday.

  • FutureSA - 2011-05-21 23:02

    Free and fair? Months of SABC pro-ANC propoganda in the run-up to the elections is considered fair. Interesting. And to think we all pay for this propoganda through our licence fee. @Unathi I have been bankrupted a couple of times in my life, also when living overseas. I never even considered waiting for a government to provide me a house, I sorted myself out. If black Africans worked together as a community and took pride in where they lived, there is no reason why even townships with their small RDP houses cannot be reasonable neighbourhoods to live in. Up until as recently as the 1970's many of the remote country villages in Southern Europe were dirt poor, many without electricity, piped water and proper sanitation. Yet these clean whitewashed houses with their swept cobbled streets, window flowers and colourfully painted doors were so charming that tourists flocked to see them. The people didn't have money, but they had plenty of self-pride and self-respect for the environment in which they lived. They had an ethos, they worked together and made an effort. Consider by contrast the RDP township nearby us which has electricity and piped water. Small trees were planted along the streets to help improve the area but within months they had all been vandalised or uprooted. The streets are liitered with rubbish waiting for somebody else to come and clear it for them of course

      bostroeppie - 2011-05-24 08:38

      Flippen well said,,, an everything is the absolute truth!!!

  • Mark - 2011-05-22 00:54

    anc corruption. Retard people voting for retard candidates. stay black!

      Refilwemu - 2011-05-23 10:37

      your comments proves that you a retarded self

  • Mark - 2011-05-22 00:55

    lieing flop

  • Mark - 2011-05-22 00:59

    lying toadies. ANC POESES.ALL OF YOU!

      Duzi09 - 2011-05-22 16:55

      Really Mark!!!

  • Collitjies - 2011-05-22 11:08

    Free and fair by African standards maybe. Next election let us see what happens then. AIDS and mini bus taxis are killing their voters at and alarming rate however ANC doing nothing about it, they will start crying by the next election.

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