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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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