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South African Election Satisfaction Survey (ESS) 2009: Observers - All provinces

Version
1.0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Roberts, Benjamin
  • Struwig, Jare
  • Human Sciences Research Council
Publication Date
2018-11-29
Embargo End Date
2020-03-31
Contributor
  • Human Sciences Research Council (Producer)
Funding Reference
  • Electoral Commission of South Africa
Free Keywords
Schema: UK DATA ARCHIVE - HASSET
BUILDING OR STRUCTURE; COMPLAINT LODGED OR EXPRESSED DISSATISFACTION; DISTURBANCES INSIDE THIS VOTING STATION; ELECTION OBSERVERS BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS; POLITICAL PARTY ACTIVITIES; POLITICAL PARTY POSTERS; SECURITY PERSONNEL; VOTING STATION ACCESSIBLE; VOTING STATION MARKED; VOTING STATION ROOM TEMPERATURE; WEATHER CONDITIONS
Description
  • Abstract

    Description: This data set contains responses of election observers in the 2009 National elections. Topics covered in the questionnaire are: voting station accessibility, voting building or structure conditions, security at the voting stations, weather conditions on the voting day, political party activities at the voting station, political party posters at the voting station, disturbances inside this voting station, complaint lodged or expressed dissatisfaction at the voting station, election observer's biographical details. The data set for dissemination contains 62 variables and 352 cases.

    Abstract: The objective of the 2009 Observers Election Satisfaction Survey (ESS) was to determine opinions and perceptions of Observers on Election Day. The main intention of the survey was to determine if elections were free and fair. A further aim of the study was to assess the operational efficiency of the Electoral Commission in managing the 2009 National elections. Four hundred voting stations throughout South Africa were selected using complex sample design. An election observer was randomly and interviewed at each of the 400 voting stations. However, many of the voting stations were not visited by election observers and interviews could not be conducted at these voting stations. At other stations more than one election observer were found and in such cases all were interviewed where possible. The study method comprised a brief (20-minute) face-to-face interview. The presence of election observers at voting stations on an Election Day has become a commonplace mode of assessing voting procedures and the general freeness and fairness of elections. Election observers often pay attention to the conditions of voting station facilities as well as the occurrence of irregularities, disruptions and complaints. The election observer survey aimed to encourage observers to evaluate, amongst other things, aspects of the voting station experience, the accessibility of voting stations, the incidence of disturbances, the freeness and fairness of the electoral process and the conduct of IEC officials. Election observers interviewed in the satisfaction survey provided valuable perspectives and assessments of the elections. Election observers were interviewed to determine if they were of the opinion that the elections were free and fair and which aspect of the elections were not. The HSRC together with the IEC developed the observer questionnaire which measured perception of IEC officials’ competence, and perception of the freeness and fairness of the election.

Temporal Coverage
  • 2009 / 2009
Geographic Coverage
  • South Africa (ZA)
Sampled Universe
Local and international election observers visiting the selected voting stations on Election Day.
Sampling
Sample design was used in drawing the sample of voting stations. The design included stratification and a multi-stage sampling procedure. The database of voting stations obtained from the IEC was merged with that of Population Census Enumeration Areas (EAs). The sampling of the voting station was done proportionally to the dominant race type, geo-type and the number of voting stations in a given province. This was to ensure that a nationally representative sample of voting stations was selected. At the actual voting stations, an election observer if available within the 400 selected voting stations was selected to participate in the survey
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
    Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
Availability
Not available
Rights
By accessing the data, you give assurance that The data and documentation will not be duplicated, redistributed or sold without prior approval from the rights holder. The data will be used for scientific research or educational purposes only. The data will only be used for the specified purpose. If it is used for another purpose the additional purpose will be registered. Redundant data files will be destroyed. The confidentiality of individuals/organisations in the data will be preserved at all times. No attempt will be made to obtain or derive information from the data to identify individuals/organisations. The HSRC and the IEC will be acknowledged in all published and unpublished works based on the data according to the provided citation. The HSRC and the IEC will be informed of any books, articles, conference papers, theses, dissertations, reports or other publications resulting from work based in whole or in part on the data and documentation. For archiving and bibliographic purposes an electronic copy of all reports and publications based on the requested data will be sent to the HSRC and the IEC. To offer for deposit into the HSRC Data Collection and the IEC any new data sets which have been derived from or which have been created by the combination of the data supplied with other data. The data team bears no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses. Failure to comply with the End User License may result in sanctions being imposed.
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Update Metadata: 2020-06-10 | Issue Number: 73 | Registration Date: 2018-11-29

Roberts, Benjamin; Struwig, Jare; Human Sciences Research Council (2018): South African Election Satisfaction Survey (ESS) 2009: Observers - All provinces. Version: 1.0. HSRC - Human Science Research Council SA. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.14749/1533635837