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    Looking back at SA elections 2009

    I know we're still a while away from the results being in, but thought it might be a good idea to start taking views on how the elections went.

    I've got to say I'm pretty disappointed to hear of IEC staff involved with irregularities. Hopefully nothing too significant, but the odd rotten apple really does leave a sour taste. That said, it seems the IEC has taken prompt action.

    The other problems really seem to come down to logistics. The shortage of ballots at some stations doesn't make sense seeing as the number of registered voters is known. Hopefully it turns out to be a case of people who did not vote at the station they're registered at was a lot higher than expected, but it warrants close scrutiny.

    We still have long queues at some voting stations, and really short queues at others. Where I voted didn't have a queue to speak of - from walking in the front gate to out again was about 20 minutes. And yet the voting station over the hill was much busier.

    What was your queue experience?

    As usual, everyone seemed to be in high spirits. That's one thing we really seemed to have got right in SA. There's this really positive vibe at the polling stations
    Last edited by Dave A; 23-Apr-09 at 07:49 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    As usual, everyone seemed to be in high spirits. That's one thing we really seemed to have got right in SA. There's this really positive vibe at the polling stations
    well I doubt anyone is going to turn up and say "darn, now I have to vote for a party I want to"

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    I hate to say it but I think change is still 4 years away from today and I hope that I am totally wrong about this but I fear that the masses we saw had one thing in mind and it was more an exercise for some then it was a choice. I am sure that this election will hold no surprises at this point. And that is actually the worrying bit because if there is no change then there is no more democracy? So I got myself a nice Nando’s takeaway and drove home...

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    Just under 2 hours in the queue.
    My thoughts are the IEC should have training on debottlenecking. I think Ricardo Semler, don't quote me on that as not 100% sure of the name, touched on this in his book. It was Eli Goldblatt with theory of constraints.Basically you find the bottleneck then solve that problem then look for other bottlenecks. They did that with costing the bottlenecks with total overheads then the management found ways to debottleneck or work around it.
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    with regards to the voting posters, I'm still quite lost on what some parties were thinking. ANC did their usual vote for change, vote for a better life etc. but the posters for the DA were saying vote DA stop Zuma. vote for the tiger. vote to win. This says nothing to the man out on the street.

    however I did come across a few of these :

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    Ug. Serious resizing required!

    Me try to fix...

    EDIT: Done!

    Not everyone has giant screens for monitors, you know
    Last edited by Dave A; 23-Apr-09 at 01:33 PM.
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    7,3 minutes in the queue! yeeha!
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    One of the things the analyticals amongst are sure to want to do is look at the results.

    So far I've found the 2004 results here and then the latest on 2009 results here. It's at times like these I wish I had a two display setup to spot the swings.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    We voted at the same polling station where you did Dave - there was a queue of three people in front of us and we parked the car almost against the polling station. A breeze. And yet, at the same time at another station less than two kilometres away there were long, long queues. I wonder how they balance the roll.

    Logistics - when you consider the sheer size of South Africa, and the people the IEC had to deal with, I think they did a good job.

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    Well the results are mostly in and its same old same old.

    Same butter different bums.

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