Elections underway in South Africa

07 May 2014 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAY (NAMPA) – South Africa’s fifth democratic elections were underway on Wednesday, with 25.4 million people expected to vote.
A media statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the same day stated that the Deputy Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa, Terry Tselane said everything has been put in place for the IEC to ensure credible elections.
Tselane, who met with international observers, urged them to report any irregularities they might encounter at their respective polling stations to the presiding officers instead of physically intervening.
He also warned observers deployed in the “hot spot” areas where violence may arise to inform the IEC so they can be escorted by law enforcement o0fficers.
According to the statement, South Africa’s Police Minister Nathi Mathetwa revealed that Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, Madibeng Municipality in the Northwest, and Malamulele in Limpopo are the areas earmarked as possible spots likely to threaten peaceful elections.
“There are 24 International Observer Missions, making it the highest number of observers the country has experienced since its first democratic elections in 1994,” the statement read.
Twenty-nine political parties are contesting the national elections.