Delegates at the DDP Election Observer Mission Training held at Elangeni Hotel in Durban on the 30th of April 2021. From Left: Mbalenhle Mkhize, DDP; Mxolisi Nyuswa, GCF; Sphamandla Mhlongo, DDP and Malusi Msomi from eThekwini IEC.
The Democracy Development Program conducted an election observer training. Election observers play a crucial role in ensuring that the elections are transparent, free, and fair and that the outcome is accepted by voters, political parties, and candidates. The election observer training was done to foresee that observers are better equipped to observe the 2021 Elections and ensure that observers under the umbrella of the Democracy Development Program understand their role as election observers and the channels of reporting during and after the elections.
The specific objective of this activity to ensure that observers are better equipped for the observation mission of the 2021 elections. The objective was to conduct this activity by inviting individuals who have indicated their interest to become election observers in the previous year and have been accredited by the IEC through DDP.
Through this training, the DDP aimed to:
Unpack the nature and trends in voter turnout in South Africa
Unpack the role of civil society in ensuring political accountability
Assess the impact of Covid-19 on local government elections
Unpack the impact on civil society organizations and their functioning in the electoral process
Unpack the impact of service delivery protests, electoral violence on the integrity of elections
To enhance citizens understanding of the election observer mission
To educate citizens on the rules and regulations of being an election observer
Mxolisi Nyuswa from Give a Child a Family, and veteran in violence monitoring in the KwaZulu Natal region, Sphamandla Mhlongo from DDP as well as Malusi Msomi from eThekwini Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) gave an important analysis of the processes. Please see their presentations below.