EU election observation mission to South Africa in 1994

People queuing before an election tent
People queuing before an election tent

At the invitation of the Government of South Africa, the European Union established a mission to observe the general elections in South Africa in April 1994.

The European Union observed the first free general elections in post-apartheid South Africa in April 1994, the first to be held with universal adult suffrage. Millions queued in lines over a three-day voting period and 19 726 579 votes were counted from a potential 20 million voters.

The observers were deployed throughout the country. They met government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and the media.