The SADC Electoral Observer Mission to the Just ended National and Provincial Elections in South Africa has commended the South African government and its Independent Electoral Commission for conducting a transparent and professional election.
Head of observer mission Joseph Malanji, who is also Zambia’s foreign Affairs Minister says the elections were transparent in the administration of key elements in the electoral process.
Mr. Malanji was speaking in Pretoria when he, together with other international electoral observer missions released their preliminary statements on the 8th May National and Provincial elections.
He said SADC observed that the campaigns and voting periods were conducted in accordance with the constitution, electoral and other relevant laws of the Republic of South Africa
Mr. Malanji commended the people of South Africa for their exemplary conduct, urging them to maintain peace in the post-election period.
However, Mr. Malanji expressed concern with the high number of eligible voters who were not registered to participate in the election.
Mr. Malanji said his observer team was concerned especially that the big number of the unregistered voters were youths.
He recommended to the IEC to improve the continuous voter registration system to ensure that eligible voters were registered.
Mr. Malanji further urged political parties and other electoral stakeholders to ensure that they increased the number of women to elective positions in line with the SADC gender protocols.
President Edger Lungu, in his capacity as SADC chairman on Politics, Defence and Security constituted a 48-man electoral observer mission drawn from 10 SADC member countries.
The personnel were deployed to all the provinces of South Africa to monitor the elections to ensure that they were free, fair and democratic.
This is contained in a statement issued by First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the at the Zambian High Commission Naomi Nyawali.