CODE OF CONDUCT FOR ELECTION OBSERVERS
This is provided for in the First Schedule to the Electoral Act. The First Schedule provides a Code of Conduct for Chief Election Agents,
Election Agents and Observers. Only the provisions relating specifically with Observers are set out below.
- An observer shall obey every lawful instruction of an electoral officer.
- An observer shall not hinder or obstruct an electoral officer in the lawful conduct of his or her functions.
- No observer shall wear any apparel sporting a prohibited symbol or apparel indicating any affiliation with a candidate or political party participating in the poll, nor in any other way canvass for any candidate or political party while observing the poll.
- An observer shall at all times within a polling station, constituency centre or ward or council centre wear a badge or label bearing proof that he or she has been duly accredited in terms of this Act.
- An observer shall not obstruct or accost any voter at a polling station or on his or her way thereto or therefrom, nor interview any voter at a polling station.
- An observer shall not do anything which compromises the secrecy of the ballot.
- If an observer considers that there has been any irregularity in the conduct of the poll or the counting of the votes, the observer shall bring such irregularity or apparent irregularity to the attention of the presiding officer or constituency elections officer at the polling station, constituency centre or ward or council centre concerned.
- An observer shall, generally, conduct himself or herself in a manner conducive to the peaceful, dignified and orderly conduct of the poll.