Organisation : Electoral Commission of South Africa
Type of Facility : Observer Application National & Provincial Elections 2019
Head Office : Centurion
Election Closing Date : 5 December 2018
Website : http://www.elections.org.za/content/Elections/Observers/
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Observer Application National & Provincial Elections
Applications for observer organisations for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections are open from now until 5pm on 5 December 2018. See the Observer page for more information and the application form.
Related : Electoral Commission Government of South Africa How To Submit Online Address : www.southafricain.com/8266.html
What They Do
** Observers keep an eye on the voting process at voting stations, the counting of votes, and the final counting, determination and declaration of results.
How To Apply
** Applications for organisations to observe the 2019 National and Provincial Elections are now open.
** Please download the application for accreditation and return completed forms to the Electoral Commission by no later than 17:00 on 5 December 2018 via
Email : mailto : observers AT elections.org.zaFax
Riverside Office Park,
1303 Heuwel Avenue,
Fax to (012) 622 5369
** Please note that election observation is a voluntary activity with no remuneration.
** Only Organisations need apply.
** Please direct all enquiries to observers AT elections.org.za.
** A juristic person applying for accreditation as an observer of an election must complete an application form similar to Appendix 1 and deliver the completed form together with any documentation in support of the application at the office of the Commission in Pretoria.
Certificate of accreditation :
** The certificate of accreditation to be issued to a successful applicant, must be similar to Appendix 2.
Reports and breach of conditions :
(1) The Commission may from time to time, require an accredited person in writing to submit information concerning the performance of a function by that person.
(2) The Commission may convene a hearing to investigate whether an accredited person has complied with conditions contemplated in sections 84(5) of the Act, and may call upon any person to appear before the Commission to give evidence or to make written submissions.
(3) If the Commission finds that an accredited person to a material extent failed to comply with such conditions, the Commission may cancel the accreditation.
** Observers, both domestic and international, play a crucial role in ensuring that the elections are transparent, free and fair, and that the outcome is accepted by voters, political parties and candidates.
** According to the United Nations, election observation is a valuable tool for improving the quality of elections, as:
** “Observers help build public confidence in the honesty of electoral processes. Observation can help promote and protect the civil and political rights of participants in elections. It can lead to the correction of errors or weak practices, even while an election process is still under way.
** It can deter manipulation and fraud, or expose such problems if they do occur. When observers issue positive reports, it builds trust in the democratic process and enhances the legitimacy of the governments that emerge from elections.”
** International observers often have vast experience of elections in various parts of the world and are able to give an election management body like the Electoral Commission invaluable advice and support.