EISA Observer Mission to the 2009 South African National & Provincial Elections: Launch statement

14 April 2009

EISA is pleased to announce the launch of its election observer mission to the forthcoming National and Provincial Elections in South Africa. The elections will be held on 22 April 2009. Leading the delegation is Professor Ade Adefuye, Adviser to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The mission will consist of 40 members drawn from civil society organisations (CSOs) and election management bodies in all regions of Africa.

The mission's assessment will be based on international standards for credible elections, including the

The mission is expected to arrive in Johannesburg on 15 April 2009. It will hold meetings with election stakeholders including the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa, political parties, CSOs and academics, ahead of Election Day. It will remain in the country until 25 April 2009, after observing the voting and counting processes, as well as post polling activities. Selected rural and urban areas in South Africa will be covered.