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The general election in South Africa in May conveyed mixed messages: one was that democracy is maturing, the other that it is failing.
The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) will next month begin with public hearings into the draft regulations for the Political Party Funding Act in Cape Town, the commission said on Monday.
IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini has admitted that its current voter verification system is so outdated that it will not survive another election – and he has hinted that it will be updated before the 2021 local government elections.
The Democratic Alliance has welcomed the Electoral Court's decision to set aside the Electoral Commission of SA's decision on what has become known as the De Lille telemarketing case.
Former IEC vice-chairperson Terry Tselane will be referred to the Office of the Presidency over his claims that the electoral commission refused to support him when he applied for an international job.
Voters are generally highly satisfied with their voting experience in the 2019 national and provincial elections and overwhelmingly believe the election procedures to be free and fair.
The Electoral Commission of South Africa thanked the country's citizens for playing its part in a "free, fair and peaceful elections".
The South African National Editors' Forum says it is looking into ways to offer legal support to a Mpumalanga community media editor who was arrested on allegations of double voting.
The ANC has been handed it sixth straight term to govern South Africa on what was nevertheless its worst electoral showing; and it should serve as an opportunity to reincarnate themselves, says a political analyst.
The IEC has concluded the 2019 elections by officially announcing the final results and National Assembly seat allocations.
The IEC expects that by the time the 2021 local government elections roll around, legislation will be in place so that South Africans know who funds political parties.
"The BLF believes that should the Electoral Court grant us leave to appeal, strong prospects of success exist that the court will ultimately overturn the decision of the IEC," said the party's deputy president, Zanele Lwana, in a statement.
The Constitutional Court has given its reasons for the dismissal of an urgent application for leave to appeal a ruling on the constitutionality of prohibiting independent candidates from standing for election.
The Electoral Court has found that the DA's statement about Patricia de Lille is free speech and did not impact on the mechanics or conduct of the election.
The Statistician-General's final report reveals that there was a negligible risk of double voting in the May 8, 2019 National and Provincial elections.
Whether in Brussels, Pretoria or Berlin, we face many challenges when it comes to elections. Voter participation is a key one; getting young people out to vote in particular. South Africa is no exception, writes Martin Schäfer.
Sixteen people have already been found guilty and sentenced for various electoral crimes, Police Minister Bheki Cele says.
Under ordinary circumstances and in an ordinary democracy, the call for acceptance of the results would be fair in my opinion. But South Africa is no ordinary democracy.
Twenty five ago, millions of our people exercised their democratic right to vote for the very first time – and in doing so set our country firmly on a path of freedom and progress, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his speech after the announcement of the final elections results.
The rise of social media added a layer of oversight to the Electoral Commission of South Africa's voting process during this year's election, commission CEO Sy Mamabolo has said.
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