REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION
The elections for the position of Deputy President, Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General and the National Executive Committee of the ANC were conducted by the Independent Mediation Service of South Africa (IMSSA).
Prior to the conference the ANC requested IMSSA to undertake this task and requested three independent persons to observe the elections, and to satisfy themselves that the procedures established by IMSSA were fair and that the elections were conducted in a fair manner. These persons were Professor J. Reddy, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of Durban-Westville, Mr Enos Mabuza, a business consultant and former Chief Minister of KaNgwane and Mr Arthur Chaskalson SC, National Director of the Legal Resources Centre. Together with Mr Charles Nupen, Director of IMSSA, they constituted an independent electoral commission.
At the commencement of its proceedings conference confirmed these arrangements, and gave full power to the independent electoral commission to decide and make rulings on all matters connected with the elections. This was in fact done, and neither the National Executive Committee or any other structure of the ANC played any part in conducting the elections.
The right of delegates to bote was verified by a Credentials Commission on which all structures of the ANC were represented.
IMSSA prepared voters lists in accordance with the decisions taken by the Credentials Commission, provided sealed ballot boxes and voting booths, prepared the ballot papers (which were stamped by it to confirm their authenticity) and engaged independent mediators to act as marshals during the elections, and to deal with queries raised by voters. The arrangements made were explained to the press which had access to the voting hall immediately prior to the elections and was able to observe the arrangements that had been made.
Non-voting representatives of all ANC regions constituted an ANC Electoral Commission which was consulted and kept fully informed by the Independent Electoral Commission, observed the balloting and the counting and expressed their satisfaction with the arrangements which were made and the manner in which the election was conducted.
The Independent Electoral Commission satisfied itself that
- Voting procedures were understood by the delegates.
- The persons who voted were all duly accredited delegates.
- The voting was conducted fairly.
- The ballot was secret.
- The counting was accurate
The Electoral Commission has reported that it is satisfied that free and fair elections were conducted for all positions and that the results which have been announced are in accordance with the secret ballots that were conducted