16 April 2019

South Africa: Let's Have a Dignified Election Day, Says Western Cape IEC Officer Courtney Sampson

With three weeks to go before the 8 May 2019 elections and protests erupting across the Western Cape and other parts of the country, provincial electoral officer Courtney Sampson, who will oversee the voting of three million people, appealed to politicians to refrain from bullying, pushing around and screaming at voters.

"The most important thing for me is that the elections must be something that people believe in," said Courtney Sampson, long-standing Western Cape provincial electoral officer of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

Sampson is no stranger to elections and the voting process. He's held his office in the Western Cape since the 1999 elections.

Daily Maverick caught up with Sampson in Durbanville, where an elections workshop was underway.

"We don't care about who wins the elections -- what we care about is that the elections run smoothly," said Sampson.

Comparing his experience from the 1994 and 1999 elections to the present, Sampson said:

"What is happening now is that political parties are campaigning on election day... what they do is straightforward campaigning and we don't have a cooling-off period in South Africa."

Sampson told Daily Maverick that changes should be made over this kind of activity, where political parties...

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