Despite hassles, election was free and fair

By Eleanor Momberg and Patrick Hlala
Published April 15th 2004 in Pretoria News

South Africa's third democratic elections have been described as free, fair and peaceful by foreign observers.

This, despite a number of problems which were experienced at polling stations nationwide.

While political parties expressed their satisfaction with the enthusiasm shown by voters, some lodged formal complaints with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), asking it to probe allegations of vote rigging, intimidation, theft of ballot papers and campaigning inside polling stations.