Do you suspect that electoral fraud has taken place? Here is how to report electoral fraud or disinformation about the Local Elections.
With only a few days to go, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is geared and ready for the Municipal Elections, which will take place on 1 November 2021.
The IEC said more than 23 000 voter registration sites are open across the country between 8:00 and 17:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Make sure to get to your nearest station and register if you have not yet registered.
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The IEC furthermore said following a global rise in disinformation, especially via digital platforms, and its potential impact on elections, it is once again making available an innovative online reporting platform to report instances of alleged digital disinformation during the 2021 Municipal Elections.
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“The digital platform is intended for complaints related only to social media and is not intended to replace existing channels and processes for investigating alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct.
“Developed in conjunction with Media Monitoring South Africa, a non-governmental organisation focused on promoting independent, accurate and impartial reporting on elections, the platform will provide for the online submission and tracking of complaints relating to disinformation encountered on social media platforms.”
Electoral Commission Vice-Chairperson Janet Love said the dissemination of disinformation has huge potential to undermine the fairness and credibility of elections.
“It also threatens democratic political and policy-making processes. Credible information is the lifeblood of all democracies. Trustworthy information is crucial in the process that enables citizens to choose their leaders.
There has already been commitment to and contributions from the platforms to providing training to enable the identification of disinformation and to maximise the positive communication opportunities that digital platforms potentially provide.
This has been offered to a wide range of role-players, including political parties. Working to counteract misinformation and distortions from becoming the focus of citizens, the Electoral Commission and MMA have entered into this ground-breaking agreement to cooperate with the four major social media platforms,”