The head of the AU observer team to SA. Nigeria’s former leader Olusegun Obasanjo says South Africa’s general elections were free fair and credible.
Obasanjo who had toured the Kwazulu-Natal, Nkandla, Durban and two other areas, observing the polls said the electorate had exercised their voting rights with enthusiasm which was indicative of their desire to make a success of the polls despite genuine fear.
He said his impression of the polls is a testimony to the birthing of a mature democracy in South Africa. The chief AU observer argued that the incidents of electoral malpractices were isolated and would not affect the credibility of the election. ‘We cannot legislate for the behavior of electoral officials, we must make allowance for human error’ The former Nigerian leader argued adding that if 4 electoral fraud incidents were reported in the entire country, the electoral commission-IEC deserved to be congratulated
The Democratic Alliance leader, Helen Zille was conservative in her summary of the elections, saying that results released so far were in tandem with the party’s earlier prediction. However Zille had harsh words for the IEC, saying that it failed to provide ballot papers and boxes on time
With 51% of the votes so far counted, the ANC leads with about 65%. The Democratic Alliance maintained its strong lead in the Western cape province as in previous elections with 17% and the new party, COPE-8%. The country’s electoral commission said 74% of registered voters have so far been confirmed to have participated in the polls.