The Centre for Human Rights (CHR), Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa deployed an Election Observer Team to observe the South African Local Government Elections (LGE), which were held on the 18 May 2011.This is the Team’s assessment of the municipal elections.
The assessment covers the election period from voting, including counting and excluding the transmission of results. The Team comprised Mr. Mxolisi Makinana, Mr. Eric Lwanga representatives of the CHR staff and Mr. Jacob Ssali an LLB final year student at the faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.
Members of the Team observed events in Muckleneuk (Temporary Voting Station, Muckleneuk Park, Walker Street), Lynwood Ridge (Temporary Voting Station Park, cnr Cedar and Beech Street), Murrayfield (Laerskool Skuilkrans), Eesterust (Norridge Park Primary School and Temporary Voting Station, Labour and Peggy Barnes) Mamelodi (F.F. Ribeiro Primary School; Temporary Voting Station, Storeroom Hostel No. 4; Balebogeng Primary School; Refentse Primary School) and Soshavungu (Lesedi Primary School and Love World International Church) around Pretoria, South Africa on 18 May 2011. The Team’s assessment of the South African 2011 LGE was based on the Principles for Election Management, Monitoring and Observation in the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). This report gives the main findings of the Team and makes recommendations to relevant election stakeholders for future elections. The report will be shared with the IEC, political parties that contested the elections and civil society organisations in South Africa as well as with government authorities, election management bodies and civil society organisations across the region, so that lessons can be drawn.