South African National and Provincial Elections, 7 May 2014

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The report of the Commonwealth Observer Mission for South Africa’s national and provincial elections held on 7 May 2014. The mission was chaired by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the former foreign minister and attorney-general of Ghana, and was comprised of 3 members in total.

These were significant elections as they were the first elections in which ‘born frees’ (those born in or after 1994) could vote and the first to be held since the passing of Nelson Mandela. The Commonwealth Observer Mission found that the elections were credible and the exemplary conduct of all political parties in accepting the outcome of the results bares testimony to the maturity of democracy in South Africa.



Political Environment

The 2014 national and provincial elections were the fifth to be held since the end of apartheid and the first democratic elections in 1994, which were won by the African National Congress (ANC). In subsequent elections held in 1999, 2004 and 2009, the ANC was returned to power and entrenched the party’s position as the dominant political party in South Africa at a national level, and in most provinces, having received 69.7 per cent of the vote during the 2004 elections, and 66 per cent during the 2009 elections.


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