Some three hundred election observers were better equipped to ensure the independence, fairness and transparency of the 2014 elections. This was made possible through specialized training in electoral law and regulations provided by LexisNexis South Africa in partnership with the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA).
The LSSA – a registered observer body for the national elections– hosted training sessions in six metropolitan areas across South Africa. These were Johannesburg, Pretoria, Polokwane, Cape Town, East London and Durban. LexisNexis provided funding to the tune of R25, 000 to cover the study material and for electoral law experts to present the courses.
The observers were trained to oversee voting proceedings, counting, the determination and declaration of the election results in line with section 85 of the Electoral Act of 1998. They were mostly attorneys and candidate attorneys who have volunteered their services.
Billy said the partnership with the LSSA was aligned with LexisNexis’ underlying global purpose of advancing the rule of law across the world.
“Globally LexisNexis pursues partnerships that help to entrench universally accessible, independent and transparent legal systems and build strong societies. Since the national elections form an integral part of a democratic society founded on the principles of the rule of law, we viewed this partnership with the Law Society of South Africa as an important one,” he said.
LexisNexis South Africa is lauded for its efforts to uphold the rule of law. Recent partnerships have included South Africa’s first ever Anti-Human Trafficking Compendium in partnership with the South African Police Service, as well as the launch of the LexisNexis Human Trafficking Awareness Index last year.