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The End of Apartheid

The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group to the South Africa Elections, 26–29 April 1994

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Preparations for the Elections

The preparations for South Africa's first non-racial multi-party elections were governed by the highly complex legal structures and electoral regulations put in place to deliver free and fair elections. These complexities reflected decades of deep suspicion emanating from South Africa's traumatised political history, including the development of parallel traditional loyalties and systems of government especially in KwaZulu/Natal. Other factors, such as violence and intimidation and the fear among minority ethnic groups of majority domination hindered the timely preparation of some significant aspects of the election process.

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