Political parties and candidates have been recommended to uphold the spirit and values of tolerance and accommodation of diversity which are “key for democratic consolidation”.
This, amid alleged political assassinations in the run up to the 2016 Local Government Elections, according to the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) – a non-profit organisation observing voting to ensure credible elections across the continent.
EISA executive director Denis Kadima on Thursday briefed media over its recommendations for the elections, in which also urged law enforcement agencies to spare no efforts “to timely arrest the instigators and executors” of alleged political assassinations “in order to discourage this undemocratic process”.
“The Mission urges all stakeholders to pursue values of political tolerance and to strongly castigate the surging of malpractice of alleged political assassinations,” he said.
Speaking with the regard to election security during the elections, Kadima added that polling operations were generally peaceful in all stations it had observed.
EISA teams did not witness any incidents of law and order violations, he added.
“Security forces were visibly present until the close of election operations and maintained a professional conduct.
“The Mission noted that there were enhanced deployment of security personnel in various regions which were considered as hot spots in order to ensure a smooth voting process.”
Kadima said that overall however, EISA was of the view that the elections were conducted in a transparent, fair and credible manner, in line with the constitutional and legal framework, and regional and international electoral standards.
EISA observers were deployed in Gauteng, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Western Cape.
During their deployment it had consulted with various electoral stakeholders including the Independent Electoral Commission, political parties, media and CSOs.
It also observed the end of the campaign period, election day procedures and the immediate post-election period.
Its observers will remain in the country until August 5.