South Africa: Citizen observation

2012


Election Observers capacity enhanced

EISA's Elections and Political Processes, as part of it's support for civil society electoral initiatives, organized a series of training workshops for election observers in a number of African states that included South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique, Chad, Madagascar and Zimbabwe. The training was aimed at preparing a pool of observers who may be called upon to participate in future observer missions (EOMs) during elections.

The workshops were attended by representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) and political parties. Over 300 observers in total were trained in the workshops that took place in these countries. The aim of involving all of the mentioned individual groups is to further improve the structure of elections, and to enhance election education in African countries and its citizens.

2009


Workshop on a common approach in election observation in Africa

Aug 2009

EISA's Elections and Political Processes, as part of it's support for civil society electoral initiatives, held a training workshop on election observation for representatives of CSOs from Africa. Participants were drawn from South Africa, Sudan, Mozambique, Burundi, Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Liberia, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia. The objective of the workshop was to ensure that African CSOs gradually develop a common approach in election observation as well as to ensure that electoral observation in Africa has a real impact on the democratic development agenda.

The workshop took place in August 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. By the end of the training, participants indicated that they had gained a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the value of EISA's election observation methodology.

Workshop on the recruitment and training of observers

May 2009

In May 2009, EISA's Elections and Political Processes, as part of it's support for civil society electoral initiatives, held a workshop for African CSOs. The workshop was conducted by EISA, as a member of a joint partnership between International IDEA and other partners of the Network for Enhanced Electoral and Democratic Support (NEEDS) III project. The project aimed at training civil society actors from selected countries which are beneficiaries of the European Union (EU) electoral assistance.

The training focused on consolidating election observation methodology in line with international and regional standards and to improve civil society observers' capabilities through the development of a common approach in the recruitment and training of observers. The workshop took place in May 2009 in Randburg, South Africa, and was conducted for representatives of CSOs involved in citizen observation in their respective countries from South Africa, Botswana, Sudan, Kenya, Mozambique, Burundi, Ghana, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe, Algeria, Cameroon, Chad, Liberia, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia.

2004


Support to South African citizen election observation

EISA has been able to provide technical and financial support to civil society actors to ensure their participation in observing elections. The rationale is to ensure the existence of strong civil society whilst promoting the use of PEMMOa> as the election assessment tool by citizen observation groups. EISA believes that locally-based organisations are best placed to ensure the entrenchment of the election principles espoused by PEMMO.

Under this project, EISA helped many civil society actors design training material, took part in training observers and assisted them with the logistical and substantive arrangements of the actual observation exercise, as well as reporting on their observations. Aside from the contribution to designing material and training trainers for the South African elections, as a member of the national South African Civil Society Observation Coalition, EISA provided office space and jointly co-ordinated Gauteng observers with the South African Council of Churches.