Observers, both foreign and domestic, are extremely valuable to the electoral process.

  1. Neutral outsiders, who have been present and seen what has happened during voting, counting and the determination of results, can tell the world that the process was transparent, free and fair. The opinion of an impartial witness carries a great deal of weight.
  2. It's also possible that the presence of observers has a stabilising effect on would-be troublemakers and ensures that everyone concerned is on their best behaviour.
  3. International observers, from organisations such as the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the Commonwealth, often have vast experience of elections in various parts of the world and are able to give us invaluable advice and support.

What they do

Observers keep an eye on voting procedures, the counting of votes, and the determination and declaration of results.


How to apply

Applications for organisations to observe the 2016 Municipal Elections are now closed. Please direct any enquiries to


Please return completed forms to the Electoral Commission either by:

  • Fax to (012) 622 5369
  • Post to Election House, Riverside Office Park, 1303 Heuwel Avenue, Centurion, 0046
  • Email to

Please direct all enquiries to