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Handy IEC Mobile Apps for the tech-savvy first-time voter

May 5, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

With Election Day around the corner, it’s important to start getting “election-ready”. Questions like whether you have your bar-coded South African ID booklet ready, if you are registered and if you know which voting station to go to should be at the forefront of your mind right now. People ...

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A silent march against government secrecy

May 5, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

R2K

With the lead up to elections, representatives of the Right2Know (R2K) social movement campaign marched through the streets of Cape Town on Friday, May 2, in silent protest for freedom and the public’s right to know about various political issues such as political party funding, and the secrecy and ...

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Tips that will make voting a breeze

May 5, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

Just two more days and Election Day will be upon us! For some, it's an exciting time but for others fulfilling their democratic right to vote, it can be a frustrating day. Potential voters are often put off by the thought of waiting in long queues or wondering around ...

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ANC targets those with real power in civil society

May 2, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

By Anthony Butler

IF THE Democratic Alliance (DA) performs poorly in next week’s national and provincial elections, we are likely to hear a familiar litany of complaints. State resources, we will be told, were abused to smooth the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) path to victory. ANC-aligned businesses ...

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Vote Home campaign reports back on voting abroad

May 1, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

People’s Assembly caught up with Francine Higham of the Vote Home campaign to get a sense of how yesterday’s voting abroad went. Numbers are what count the most but final figures have yet to be tallied. Unofficially the figure was 8 500 in London alone, with an estimate ...

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Voters abroad share their woes and joys

April 30, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

According to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), there are 26 701 South Africans eligible to vote abroad, with the highest number being registered in London (9 863) followed by 1 539 in Dubai and 1 243 in Canberra. The total number of votes abroad is estimated to account ...

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Electronic voting: A platform for electoral change?

April 30, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

From smart phones to advanced military technology, the computer era is well and truly upon us, yet when it comes to voting, the clock seems to turn back time. Brazil, India and France (to name a few) have been successful applicants in the quest for electronic voting. However, South Africa ...

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Ms Dianne Kohler-Barnard (DA)

April 30, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

Kohler

DIANNE KOHLER-BARNARD worked in media as a journalist for just over two decades before she became a Member of Parliament. She has served as an MP for ten years, and has also served as a whip and the Shadow Minister of Police for the Democratic Alliance.

Political background: I completed ...

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Buti Manamela confirms an open secret

April 30, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

Christi van der Westhuizen

Buti Manamela, ANC MP and leader of the Young Communist League, caused a stir in parliament this week when he stated bluntly that he acts on orders from Luthuli House, the ANC’s headquarters. He was speaking at the meeting where the ANC used its parliamentary ...

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Elections: What security plans are in place?

April 30, 2014 (6 years, 2 months ago)

With only a week to go until Election Day (7 May), the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has been very busy rolling out security plans so that voting runs smoothly on the day. The People’s Assembly spoke to Courtney Sampson, Western Cape Electoral Officer, about some of the ...

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