SOUTH AFRICA: THE COUNTDOWN TO ELECTIONS

(Issue 1)
by Southern Africa Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, DC, United States
December 3, 1993
5 pages
Contents: PASSAGE OF INTERIM CONSTITUTION DELAYED UNTIL MID DECEMBER • NEGOTIATING COUNCIL REACHES AGREEMENT ON TVBC STATUS • RIGHT WING CONTINUES TO POSE THREAT • ELECTORAL ACT SETS STAGE FOR ELECTIONS • NEGOTIATING COUNCIL AGREES TO REPEAL REPRESSIVE LEGISLATION • ANC LAUNCHES "PEOPLE'S FORUMS" • VOTERS SHARE ATTITUDES • VIOLENCE MONITOR • FRAUD AND INTIMIDATION MONITOR • UN MAKING PREPARATIONS FOR ELECTIONS • U.S. BASED GROUP ANNOUNCES VOLUNTEER SUPPORT INITIATIVE • UPDATE ON OBSERVER COORDINATION • The newsletter says the legislative package submitted to Parliament on December 2 by the Negotiating Council includes restoring South African citizenship to residents of the Transkei, Venda, Bophuthatswana and Ciskei to be effective January 1, 1994, but reincorporating these ”independent” homelands would not take effect until after the elections. The newsletter says the U.S.-based Sister Community Project which currently has an office in Johannesburg, recently announced its willingness to provide logistical assistance to U.S. anti-apartheid activists to do volunteer work on behalf of South African NGOs involved in the election process. The Lawyers' Committee has been asked to serve as the chief coordinator of U.S. NGO observer delegations, and it will represent U.S. NGOs on an international organizing committee which is still being formed. The newsletter discusses the multiparty Transitional Executive Council (TEC), right-wing leaders, a whites-only election, an Afrikaner homeland, the Afrikaner Volksfront (AV), Ferdi Hartzenberg, Constand Viljoen, the ANC (African National Congress), the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), transitional agreements, the Special Session of Parliament, the Electoral Act, the elections administrative structure, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the Election Administration Directorate, the Election Monitoring Directorate, the Election Code of Conduct, Provincial Electoral Officers (PECs), Presiding Officers (POs), voter eligibility, voting period, voting stations, Eve Thompson, the Internal Security Act, the Volkswagen factory in Uitenhage, Nelson Mandela, Jay Naidoo, COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions), the International Republican Institute, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, political violence, intention to vote, unemployment, cost of living, apartheid, the Human Rights Commission (HRC), the national death toll, the East Rand, the PWV (Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vaal) region, the North Coast, Northern Natal, security force watch, security forces, camouflage uniforms, Khayelitsha Township, SADF (South African Defence Force), the South African Police (SAP), fraudulent activity in connection with the elections, leaflets, United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the UN Security Council, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the European Community (EC), the Commonwealth, and Myesha Jenkins.
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