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Thursday, 25 November 1993
Page: 3612

  Motion (by Senator Loosley)—as amended by leave—agreed to:

  That the Senate—

    (a)is of the view that the forthcoming general election in the Republic of South Africa should be both free and fair, and should reflect popular electoral opinion accurately;

    (b)considers that, in the light of the role that the security forces have played in upholding the repressive apartheid regime, it is the particular responsibility of the South African Government to ensure that those forces should, in the performance of their duties, fully reflect the Government's commitment to open democratic processes which would ensure that the poll is free to the maximum extent possible from attempts to intimidate voters or to direct such violence against the election process that the ballot is rendered null and void;

    (c)recognises that Australia, together with many other interested members of the international community, has a role to play in observing and supporting the democratic process and endorsing a free and fair outcome; and

    (d)reaffirms that it is the obligation of the Government of South Africa and all members of the Transitional Executive Council to support the work of the Independent Electoral Commission and carry forward the democratic process to permanence and guaranteed integrity.