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  Research by the South African Electoral Commission has revealed important trends in the state of the country s electoral democracy Trends based on 10 to 15 years of research presented at a Research Seminar organized by the Commission in Johannesburg on September 21 2022 revealed among other things that The Electoral Commission is the second most trusted public institution with the courts first Ninety two percent 92 of the voting public considers that the electoral processes were free and fair The majority of South Africans 97 have expressed satisfaction with the secrecy of their vote These are some highlights of the research work that was presented at the seminar The full research reports can be accessed at www elections org za Several scholars and academics presented the results of their analysis of polls conducted over the past decade or more These surveys reflected long term changing trends in voters perceptions experiences and evaluations of the country s electoral democracy over the past decade or more Presentations focused on long term changes in views and perceptions of electoral democracy in the country as well as underlying causal factors In addition to sharing their findings and analysis of the survey findings the academics also brainstormed with the Electoral Commission partners and stakeholders on what could be done to improve trends in voter perception levels and evaluations of the functioning of electoral democracy in South Africa Political parties the media civil society academics and researchers were present at the seminar Sy Mamabolo the Electoral Director said The Commission will build on the positive elements emerging from these longitudinal surveys while working with all actors in the political system to address negative perceptions of electoral democracy In addition the challenges identified that are within the scope of the Commission s competence will be included in the electoral program before the 2024 elections
Electoral Commission reveals trends in South African electoral democracy

1 Research by the South African Electoral Commission has revealed important trends in the state of the country’s electoral democracy.

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2 Trends based on 10 to 15 years of research, presented at a Research Seminar organized by the Commission in Johannesburg on September 21, 2022, revealed, among other things, that: The Electoral Commission is the second most trusted public institution, with the courts first.

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3 Ninety-two percent (92%) of the voting public considers that the electoral processes were free and fair.

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4 The majority of South Africans, 97%, have expressed satisfaction with the secrecy of their vote.

5 These are some highlights of the research work that was presented at the seminar.

6 The full research reports can be accessed at www.elections.org.za Several scholars and academics presented the results of their analysis of polls conducted over the past decade or more.

7 These surveys reflected long-term changing trends in voters’ perceptions, experiences, and evaluations of the country’s electoral democracy over the past decade or more.

8 Presentations focused on long-term changes in views and perceptions of electoral democracy in the country, as well as underlying causal factors.

9 In addition to sharing their findings and analysis of the survey findings, the academics also brainstormed with the Electoral Commission, partners and stakeholders on what could be done to improve trends in voter perception levels and evaluations of the functioning of electoral democracy in South Africa.

10 Political parties, the media, civil society, academics and researchers were present at the seminar.

11 Sy Mamabolo, the Electoral Director, said: “The Commission will build on the positive elements emerging from these longitudinal surveys while working with all actors in the political system to address negative perceptions of electoral democracy.

12 In addition, the challenges identified that are within the scope of the Commission’s competence will be included in the electoral program before the 2024 elections”.

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