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Mbeki: AU must monitor elections

The former president says this will prevent embarrassments like Tlokwe, where the by-elections were cancelled.

Thabo Mbeki. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Thabo Mbeki says the African Union (AU) should be watching elections from the very start of the electoral process to prevent embarrassments like Tlokwe.

Last month, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had to cancel municipal by-elections at the last minute, after the Electoral Court said that the voters' roll for wards in the North West municipality had not contained the correct information.

Mbeki was speaking to students at Unisa in an event broadcast by Unisa Radio.

"That monitoring team must be there when voters are being registered. They must watch the matter of demarcation of constituencies. They should watch this entire process."

He says this will prevent mistakes like those made at Tlokwe.

"So that the AU can then intervene in each country and say that the voters' roll is wrong. That's what the charter provides for, the AU can contribute here and say no more Tlokwe embarrassments."

The electoral commission says it's going to the Constitutional Court to get final clarity of the Tlokwe issue.