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allAfrica.com: South Africa: Food Used as Election Weapon, Say Monitors (Page 1 of 1)

Cape Town -- South African civil society election monitors are expecting largely violence-free polls in the country's national elections, but say party activists have been using access to food and social grants as a political weapon.

The Election Monitoring Network - formed by leading non-governmental agencies and religious organizations - says in its final pre-election report that the run-up to Wednesday's election - "the most competitive election in South Africa's history" - has seen "much lower levels of political violence and intolerance than might have been expected."

However, the monitors are worried that the announcement of results could trigger conflict in KwaZulu-Natal and have called for security measures which were implemented to ensure peace at the polls should remain in place after voting day.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 12:42:48 PM EST
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