IEC promises transparency

The IEC today promised transparency in the counting of votes in the May 18 local government elections.

“Our success is a success for the continent, inasmuch as failure will be seen as such,” IEC chairwoman Brigalia Bam said at the launch of the national results operations centre in Pretoria.

She said the democratic process was taking its course in Africa, as many countries tried to go to the polls to vote in new governments.

Bam commended South Africans’ political tolerance and the increase in the number of political parties and independent candidates contesting this year’s election.

It was sign that the country’s democracy was maturing, she said.

She hoped the elections would be conducted in an atmosphere where democratic, peaceful and best practices were observed.

An electronic tally board displaying all political parties contesting the elections has gone up at the operations centre. 

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