Outcome of South African Election Results Remains Shining Example of Transparent Process – Peter Obi

By Okey Josiah

ABUJA – PRESIDENTIAL candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25, 2023 general election, Peter Obi has saud that the outcome of the recent South African election results remains a shining example of what a transparent and efficient democratic electoral process should look like.

According to Obi, with about 60% Voter turnout, over 90% of polling units opened on time, allowing diaspora voting, the results and updates were real-time without any form of technical glitches during the election.

The former governor of Anambra State who disclosed this on his X account, noted that this demonstrated the robustness and transparency of their system. Stressing that the seamless online dissemination of results further highlighted their commitment to democratic principles and technological advancement.

He further stated that the South African election is in stark contrast, to the show of shame that the giant of Africa, Nigeria, gave the World in 2023. Nigeria’s 2023, with less than 30% of the Voter turnout and over 60% of the polling stations starting late, no diaspora voting, the elections were plagued by allegations of fraud and widespread irregularities, all forms of glitches, despite an enormous expenditure to the tune of about a billion dollars (direct allocation of =N=313 Billion and donor agencies supports).

“The process has been widely discredited. The differences between the two countries’ electoral processes are both stark and lamentable. South Africa’s Election Results Center, with its state-of-the-art electronic board, showcased results with unparalleled precision and speed,” Obi said.

“Meanwhile, Nigeria’s electoral process is mired in controversy and lacks transparency. This glaring juxtaposition is a painful reminder of our country’s ongoing struggles with democratic governance.”

“It underscores the urgent need for comprehensive electoral reforms to ensure that our elections are free, fair, and credible.”

The Anambra born politician cum businessman said we must learn from South Africa’s example and strive to build a system that restores the people’s faith in our democracy.

“The time for action is now, and we cannot afford to delay any longer in addressing these critical issues for a new Nigeria is POssible! -PO”.

Precise Post recalls that President Cyril Ramaphosa after the release of the results called on South Africa’s political parties to overcome their differences and find “common ground” to form the first national coalition government in its young democracy.

His comments came in a speech straight after final election results were announced confirming that no party won a majority in last week’s vote. Unprecedented coalition talks were set to start to find a way forward for Africa’s most industrialized economy.

Ramaphosa’s African National Congress party had already lost its 30-year majority after more than 99% of votes were counted by Saturday and showed it couldn’t surpass 50%. The ANC received 40% of the votes in last week’s election in the final count, the largest share.

Without a majority it will need to agree on a coalition with another party or parties for the first time to co-govern and reelect Ramaphosa for a second term. South Africa’s national elections decide how many seats each party gets in Parliament and lawmakers elect the president later.

“Our people have spoken,” Ramaphosa said. “Whether we like it or not, they have spoken. We have heard the voices of our people and we must respect their choices and their wishes. … The people of South Africa expect their leaders to work together to meet their needs. This is a time for all of us to put South Africa first.”

South Africa is a leading voice for its continent and for the developing world on the global stage and is due to take over the presidency of the Group of 20 rich and developing nations late this year. It’s the only African nation in that group.

“Everyone is looking to see if South Africa can weather the storm and come out the other side,” political analyst Oscar van Heerden said on the eNCA news network.

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