Idasa’s Political Information and Monitoring Service Programme (PIMS) has been monitoring vote buying during the run-up to the local government elections and our network of monitors have observed numerous alarming incidents of vote buying in various forms. This has been a trend since the 2009 national elections. Read the full article here.
The Election Watch is based on the SADC principles and guidelines for conducting elections. It holds countries to the standards that they originated and agreed to abide by as members of the regional community.
It will be released on a monthly basis in order to track progress towards or divergence from the SADC standard. Read it here.
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Democracy institute Idasa has expressed concern over vote buying and the improper use of state resources to influence voters in the upcoming local government election.
Idasa’s monitoring has turned up a number of instances of interference and intimidation. Read more here.
4 May 2011
For Immediate Release
Idasa challenges municipal election candidates to disclose their campaign funding South Africa will be holding countrywide municipal elections on Wednesday 18 May 2011. They will be held against a background of many years of mounting dissatisfaction with service delivery, manifested in increasingly widespread protests and rates boycotts. Continue reading
3 May 2011
For Immediate Release
Idasa notes with great concern recent reports, within the media and from our own sources, of vote buying and the improper use of state resources to influence the electoral choices/support of voters in the upcoming 18 May elections. Continue reading
In a report in Business Day Idasa’s Nonhlanhla Chanza reminded us of the disruption absent MPs bring to the work of the National Assembly and its committees. Read full report here.
A political researcher at African democracy institute Idasa, Justin Sylvester, has said voters are struggling to find new political homes, “and because of levels of dissatisfaction voters then choose to stay at home.” He warned of the impact this will have on the election outcome. “By choosing to stay at home registered voters proportionally increase the strength of those registered voters who do cast ballots. Turnout can affect a party’s share of the support in an election.” Read more here.