Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Election 2009: Make it count

Why vote?

I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to get active in politics to make a difference to the country.

I'm sure we know people that complain about the country yet are the same people that sit at home on election day too lazy or apathetic to vote.


I find that unconscionable
. The country needs every eligible voter to register and participate in the democratic process and I will continue repeating this message until it resonates and we see a good turnout on election day.

The 2009 election is probably THE most important election in the country's history.

The country and the ANC is in disarray and
we that support the smaller parties have an opportunity to step up and change the course of events. We cannot afford to miss this opportunity to reduce the ANC's representation in parliament.

See below for information on how to register, where to register and how to vote.
I implore you to register and get your friends and family to do the same. If people do not have transport then arrange to drive them to the polling stations.

I am happy to answer any queries regarding
the registration and voting process, on here or anonymously. Also, if anyone has suggestions, please, share it with us.

This is it, this is the big one, this is where things change for the better - or not. It is up to you.


To underline my point about the ANC's problems, take a look at how easy it
would have been to keep the ANC's majority below 70% in 2004 (its best election result) had people just taken the trouble to vote on the day.

Back then, the turnout by ANC voters was poor because the voters had become disillusioned (and next year will be even worse) yet they still scored their best results because people who do not support the ANC think "what's the point?" and stay home.


An analysis of the 2004 national election results in South Africa offers an elucidating
prism through which to view the situation in South Africa today.

From one perspective, the result was a resounding triumph for president Thabo Mbeki but a closer examination offers a different perspective.

  • The ANC won nearly 70 percent of the votes cast, an improvement on its performance in the 1994 and 1999 national elections.

  • Against that, only 57 percent of the voting-age population turned out to vote, meaning that 43 percent either failed to register to vote or, if they did, were conspicuous by their absence at the polling booths.

  • Calculations by emeritus professors John Daniel and Roger Southall show that the ANC garnered a mere 40 percent of the total number of eligible voters. Put differently, of the roughly 27,5 million eligible voters, less than 16 million voted, which means 11,5 million did not.

    These figures point to declining participation in elections by eligible voters, which, in turn, points to disillusionment with the ANC as the ruling party.
  • Source

    ** 11,5 million did not vote? Are you among them? **

    Election 2009:
    • Website of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)
    • To check if you are registered on the voter's roll, click here or alternatively sms your identity number to 32810.
    • To contact the IEC, click here.
    • Details on why & how do I register, click here.
    • Call Toll-free number 0800 11 8000 to be given the exact voting station to which one can register.
    Forward this post to anyone you think needs to know about the election. Click on the envelope icon below.

    UPDATE: 1 October 2008
    Question: Somebody asked if we could vote overseas?
    Answer: No. The exact words they use, "You vote at the voting station serv
    ing the voting district where you are registered to vote." I know, it's a scam but what can we do? We need a change of government and that's why this election is important.


    The only exception is the following: In so far as overseas voting is concerned, section 33 of the Act provides for the two categories, viz. absence from the RSA on government service or membership of the household of a person being so absent. This covers embassy staff and their households.

    The second category, which has been included in terms of the Act, is made up of those voters who are temporarily absent from the RSA for purposes of a holiday, a business trip, attendance of a tertiary institution or an educational visit or participation in an international sports event.


    Persons in the second category must however inform the Commission within 15 days after the proclamation of the date of the election of their intended absence including their intention to vote as well as the place where they will cast their vote. Persons who wish to vote overseas must be registered in the voting district where they are ordinarily resident in South Africa, and present their green barded ID and their passport. In collaboration with the department of Foreign Affairs, work has already begun to give effect to this provision.



    Crucially, even though you may have voted in the last election, you MUST CHECK THAT YOU ARE REGISTERED OR RE-REGISTER (if you have moved) in the district where you currently reside. You may only vote in the place where you were last registered. Again, CHECK that you are registered.

    17 Oct 2008 - 'Darlings! You must register,' says Tannie Evita

    UPDATE 11/11/2008 - Sign this petition to demand the right to vote!

    UPDATE 12/11/2008
    - 21,6m South Africans now registered to vote

    12 Opinion(s):

    Anonymous said...

    Hi Doberman.
    Any info ,on voting outside of SA?

    Anonymous said...

    This will most probably be the best opportunity we will ever have of removing the ANC.
    In the 1994 election 12 237 655 voted for the party. By 2006 this was down to 6 469 420.With current dissatisfaction among the ranks, this figure is sure to drop.

    Doberman said...

    Hi anon 4:21..

    I'll find out and advise. As far as I can recall, the ANC doesn't want expats to vote because they form such a large block of voters opposed to them and they know it.

    Most countries allow their expats to vote and participate in the democratic process but nooo, not our lot. Not Zim either.

    I'll get back to you.

    francois said...

    A very serious problem is the undemocratic practice of floor crossing. Even though crossing is not possible anymore, the damage has already been done. And maybe it will be reinstalled after the elections.

    The MP who crosses the floor takes his seat and thus his legislative vote with him. The votes of the citizens who gave this MP his seat in parliament are now given to a party they did not vote for.

    The vast majority have crossed to the ANC.

    There were 15 612 667 votes cast in the 2004 elections.
    There are about 500 MP’s.
    That gives us 31 225.334 votes to get one seat in parliament. 55 MP’s have crossed the floor since crossing started.
    33 x 31 225.334 = 1 717 393.37 votes.

    1 717 393 people’s votes have been changed without their consent!!!

    Can you imagine a ruling party discarding 1.7 million votes for other parties and adding it to its own?

    Those 1.7 million people's votes counted for nothing...in fact they voted for the ANC regardless of which box they ticked. And since these MP's were mostly from the NNP and DA, these votes were those of predominantly white people.

    Can you smell the bullshit?

    Doberman said...

    @ francois..

    I smell, I smell. This pony show that is the new SA can only work is we decide to work with it.

    It is like money. A R100 note is just a piece of paper but because we play the game with the rest of society that agrees that the piece of paper has a value of R100, we trust each other to believe we will get R100 when we trade that piece of paper.

    Our 'democracy' is built on the trust that we as a society will play by rules. But we don't have to. When we decide not to play, it becomes impossible to control a country. The ANC in its 'struggle' days did not play along with the old SA and they prevailed. We have to stop playing this charade that is the 'rainbow nation'. We must use the levers available to us like elections and we must protest and we mus congregate and we must oppose and make our voices heard.

    That ONE individual, Hugh Glenister stood up alone to fight for the Scorpions is indicative of how cowered we have become. We must simply stop playing the game.

    Jan DeKlerk said...

    One of the most worrying aspects of every SA election is the fact that only those officials stationed at embassies abroad are allowed to vote. All the other South African citizens who have been forced abroad by the ANC's anti-white hiring laws are PERMANENTLY DISENFRANCHISED. They can't vote. South Africa is probably the only country in the world which refuses its own citizens to vote when they are abroad. It's outrageously undemocratic.

    Loggi said...

    You are quite right Jan. And of course each and every jailed criminal has the right to vote.

    Anonymous said...

    get the message out there join the facebook group
    Petition to let South Africans Abroad vote in the 2009 General Election

    Snowy Smith said...

    The TRAITOR is the PLAGUE.
    Treason from within.
    White Traitors.

    Re your Jew policy:

    "A nation can survive its fools, its Stupid White Liberals and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive TREASON from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague."

    --Marcus Tullius Cicero (43 BC)


    The Biggest ENEMY of the Whites is the Stupid White Liberals and the WHITE TRAITORS.

    The Stupid White Liberals and many other White Idiots in South Africa and World Wide do NOT want to know what is actually going on in South Africa.

    Do NOT get side tracked by the Stupid White Liberals and the WHITE TRAITORS.

    Concentrate on the “AIMS AND OBJECTIVES”

    Snowy Smith

    Anonymous said...

    Ok, so we can't vote if we're abroad. (unfortunately) Would it be possible for us to vote IN SA prior to the actual election? My parents forced me to NZ and the people here can vote early in their elections... Maybe it's the same at home? I've just turned 18 and am desperate to vote in the elections next year...

    Doberman said...

    @ anon 7:43, well done for taking an interest in SA and politics at your age.

    Unfortunately, the ANC has rigged it such that the one million expats, many of them CITIZENS of South Africa, may not vote, not postal, not early, nothing.

    It is unfair but the ANC knows most of all expat votes would not go to them so they have deliberately excluded expats.

    Here's what the Act says:

    In so far as overseas voting is concerned, section 33 of the Act provides for the two categories, viz. absence from the RSA on government service or membership of the household of a person being so absent. This covers embassy staff and their households.

    The second category, which has been included in terms of the Act, is made up of those voters who are temporarily absent from the RSA for purposes of a holiday, a business trip, attendance of a tertiary institution or an educational visit or participation in an international sports event.

    Persons in the second category must however inform the Commission within 15 days after the proclamation of the date of the election of their intended absence including their intention to vote as well as the place where they will cast their vote. Persons who wish to vote overseas must be registered in the voting district where they are ordinarily resident in South Africa, and present their green barded ID and their passport. In collaboration with the department of Foreign Affairs, work has already begun to give effect to this provision.


    In other words, ANC government employees and helpers may vote (likely to be ANC anyway so the risk is acceptable) but the rest of us, nope.

    Anonymous said...

    Don't let our South Africa, become like another Zimbabwe~empty promises, bad regime ect We want peace and a loving nation Vote DA, for a real chance!