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EISA declares local elections fair and credible

The body urges SA authorities to address what it calls the deplorable rise in political killings.

A Mamelodi resident holds out his thumb outside the Balebogeng Primary School after casting his vote. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Africa's foremost election observation organisation has declared South Africa's nail-biting local elections to have been fair, credible and meeting local laws and regional standards.

The body, which has been observing elections across Africa for more than two decades urges South African authorities to address what it calls the deplorable rise in political killings.



The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) began observing elections in Africa since South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994.

It since expanded its operations throughout the continent and even internationally.

Executive director Denis Kadima says EISA deployed 14 observers in six provinces.



Their favourable finding notwithstanding, EISA has a number of technical recommendations for the South African government, the Independent Electoral Authority and political parties to ensure more efficient elections in the future.

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