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Title:Service delivery and voting behaviour: a comparative overview of the 2004 general election and 2006 municipal elections in South Africa
Author:Steyn Kotze, J.
Year:2006
Periodical:Politeia: Journal for Political Science and Public Administration
Volume:25
Issue:3
Pages:207-218
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:party programmes
elections
2004
2006
Abstract:Although racial rhetoric still features in electioneering, South African voters are more concerned with service delivery and the improvement of their lives. Service delivery has been a theme that the electorate stressed during both the 2004 and the 2006 general and municipal elections respectively. Political parties, however, are still capitalizing on race, thus engaging in what could be termed irresponsible electioneering. In order to consolidate democracy in South Africa, service delivery needs to be the primary focus of all parties involved. Political parties are alienating voters by continuing to focus on race during their campaigns. This is evident in the increasing levels of voter apathy and calls to boycott elections. The electorate is sending the message that service delivery is the issue, and not race. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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