20 Experts of the electoral process representing several countries of Africa, Europe and Asia, are preparing to travel to the polling stations of the rainbow nation.
As previously executed in case of Madagascar, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Association for Free Research and International Cooperation (AFRIC) positively responded to the invitation of the South African authorities to observe the upcoming general elections on 8 May 2019.
AFRIC observers will be in the field to observe, monitor the management & administration of South African authorities of voting on polling day, handling issues like how voters will react in the queues, how will be the management of the polls voting by election officials is getting done and how the public debate will be organized between the different candidates.
On the day of the voting, the observers of the Association for Free Research and International Cooperation (AFRIC) will also verify that the material necessary to ensure proper voting conditions has been forwarded to the polling stations, there are no fraudulent practices are happening and the police are present to ensure the safety of voters.
Around 26 million South Africans natives are expected at the polls to nominate their national and provincial deputies this year.
As South Africa is endowed with a parliamentary regime, these new assemblies will then elect the President of the Republic and the premiers of the provinces of the country.
This year, there is a massive boycott by the juvenile layer, of the electoral process in South Africa. According to official figures, more than 6 million young South Africans are not registered on the electoral lists.
During the month of February 2019, AFRIC became interested to know the voting intentions of young people over the age of 18, who managed to register on the electoral lists. The results of the poll show that 69.2% of respondents would like Cyril Ramaphosa to be elected head of state for the next five years because of his pragmatism and experience.
Through its participation in the South African electoral process, the Association for Free Research and International Cooperation is pleased to reaffirm its commitment to work for democracy, good electoral governance, peace and security through free and transparent elections.