The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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Since 1994 the HSRC has conducted public opinon surveys to determine shifting patterns of support and perceptions of social issues and democracy. These surveys are condicted on a randomly selected national sample od 2200 adults. In addition the HSRC also conducts election studies.

The 1999 election presented the HSRC with a number of opportunities: first, to assist the Indepentdant Electoral Commision (IEC) to ascertain the number of voters in possesion of bar-coded ID documents; second, to measure the shift in public perceptions and support in the run-up to the election; and third to conduct the first-ever exit poll, evaluating the freeness and fairness of the elections as well as the efficiency of the electoral machinary.

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ISBN 10 : 0-7969-1945-3
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-1945-8
Publish Year : 1999

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1 Introduction: Evaluating Democracy and the 199 Election in South Africa - Yvonne Muthien


2 Democratic Consolidation in South Africa, 1994-1999 - Yvonne Muthien

3 The Independant Electoral Commision(IEC): The Quest for Free and Fair Elections - Johan Olivier


4 Election Day Exit Poll - Michael O'Donovan


5 Eyes on the ground: Fieldworker Observations - Stephen Rule


6 Assesing the 1999 Election Machinery: Views of Political Parties and Other Stakeholders - Richard Humphries


7 Voting in action: Focus Group and Workshop Findings - Meshack Khosa


8 Outcome of the Election - Stephen Rule


9 Conclusion: Exercising Democratic Citizenship Through Voting: Policy Implications - Yvonne Muthien and Meshack Khosa

Dr. Yvonne Muthien currently serves as Chairperson of the Presidents Advisory Council for national Orders under President Thabo Mbeki. She served former President Nelson Mandela in the same capacity. She was until recently a member of the Democracy and Governance Research Group of the Human Sciences Research Council.

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