Last chance to apply to be observer in August elections
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:18:16
As part of the applications, observers are also expected to give the reasons for wanting to observe the elections.
Neutral outsiders who want to participate in the local government elections by observing have until Friday to apply with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The observers will be present at voting stations to see what has happened during voting, counting and the determination of results.
The IEC says it has so far received 40 applications of observer groups. Observers will be in the best place to tell the world if the process was transparent, free and fair.
“The opinion of an impartial witness carries a great deal of weight. It’s also possible that the presence of observers has a stabilising effect on would-be troublemakers and ensures that everyone concerned is on their best behavior,” says the IEC.
Observers are expected to observe impartially and independently of any registered party or candidate. As part of the applications, observers are also expected to give the reasons for wanting to observe the elections. Below the IEC’s guidelines for observers: