Black Sash Media Statements

Black Sash assists with General Election monitoring on 22 April - BLACK SASH, 21 April 09

BLACK SASH MEDIA ADVISORY – GENERAL ELECTION 2009

Tuesday, 21st April 2009

The Black Sash will be participating in the work of the Election Monitoring Network (EMN) - to monitor voting stations and help defuse and resolve conflicts if necessary - during tomorrow’s general elections.

The network of independent civil society organizations, which includes the Black Sash, IDASA, the South African Council of Churches and other religious organisations, will be deploying a team of 500 monitors nationwide to keep a lookout for violations of electoral law.

The monitors have been specially trained and have signed a Code of Conduct to pledge their political independence. They will be in contact with provincial and national institutions during the polling period and will be able to take rapid action with conflict resolution exercises when necessary.

A special database has been set up at the offices of the South African Council of Churches in Cape Town to track incidents across the country allowing for trends to be spotted and appropriate action to be taken in conjunction with police and the Independent Electoral Commission.

In line with the Black Sash’s commitment to democratic governance, we would like to encourage all registered voters, and in particular the youth, to go out and vote in tomorrow’s elections.

For more information or interview requests, please contact:

Nkosikhulule Nyembezi

Black Sash Advocacy Programme Manager

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082-429 4719

OR

Elroy Paulus

Black Sash Advocacy Programme Manager

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072-382 8175

OR

Sarah Nicklin 
Black Sash Media Officer
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073-150 9525