HSRC finds ‘Vote of Confidence’ in 2011 elections

Posted on June 29, 2011. Filed under: Elections |

Yesterday I noted the release of the results of the IEC Election Satisfaction Survey 2011 by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) – according to a short article by Jaré Struwig, Ben Roberts, Udesh Pillay and Elmé Vivier, the HSRC was commissioned by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to conduct a voter participation survey in late 2010, and an Election Satisfaction Survey on election day this year, 18 May.

Here are just a few of the findings –

– “Two-thirds of voters (66%) took less than 15 minutes to reach their voting stations, with 20% taking between 16 to 30 minutes, 9% between 31 to 60 minutes and 5% longer than an hour.”

– “Decisions about party choice were mostly made months prior to election day (75%), with only a small share deciding upon their voting preference on election day or shortly beforehand (11%).”

– “Ninety-four percent reported that no one had tried to force them to vote for a certain political party. Of those who did mention some form of coercion, 21% said that this had actually changed their decision. The most commonly mentioned sources of coercion were political parties and family or friends.”

– “Fifty-nine percent of voters expressed the view that political parties were very tolerant of one another during the 2011 election campaigns, with 22% reporting that parties were somewhat tolerant of each other and 13% perceived intolerance.”

– “Ninety-seven percent voiced general satisfaction with the quality of services rendered by IEC officials to voters, with 2% expressing a neutral position and 1% dissatisfied. Voters were asked to rate 10 aspects of the conduct of IEC officials at their voting station. Overall, there was a very positive assessment of officials.”

Based on the research findings, the HSRC concludes that “the voting public was overwhelmingly confident that the 2011 Municipal Elections were both free and fair, and provided an exceptionally favourable evaluation of the management performance of the IEC and the conduct of officials at voting stations.”

Read the full article here.


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