BES: Trade Unions

Updated May 2022

National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (NUMSA): Sedibeng regional elective

NUMSA is the largest metalworkers trade union in the country that has as its objective the promotion and advancement of rights of all those employed directly or indirectly in the metal industry. In 2016, the EISA Balloting and Electoral Services (BES) was contracted by NUMSA to conduct the election of Regional Office Bearers (ROBs) at all NUMSA regional elective conferences leading up to the national conference that was held in December 2016. Nominations were submitted prior to the conferences and EISA compiled a nomination audit for each region prior to the conferences. EISA presented the nomination audits at the conferences and further called for nominations from the floor. Eligible NUMSA voting delegates elected ROBs through on-site manual voting. Where there was a contestation for positions, EISA then conducted the voting process. BES is currently conducting the election of ROBs leading up to the NUMSA National elective congress to be held later in 2022. For each elective congress, EISA deploys a team of electoral officials, where strict COVID-19 protocols are applied.

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) Regional and National Elective Congress

AMCU continues to appoint EISA to conduct elections of Regional Office Bearers through on-site manual voting. AMCU appointed EISA to manage the nominations and voting phases of its election of National Office Bearers (NOBs). Applying its online registration system, EISA registered 1 500 voting delegates at the elective congress in Johannesburg in September 2019. This allowed for a secure system where many eligible voting delegates could register in record time and participate fully in the election. AMCU voting delegates, who are mainly from the mining sector, participated in an electronic registration system and embraced the new method. This method reduced long lines at the registration desk and minimised mistakes, thus ensuring an accurate voters' roll. Five national positions were elected uncontested.

The South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU) 12th National Elective Congress

SAMWU is a trade union with the objective of promoting and advancing the rights of all those employed directly or indirectly in local authorities. Voting delegates elected National Office Bearers through on-site manual voting. EISA deployed a team of electoral officials at the congress venue in the Northwest province, where strict COVID-19 protocols were applied.

South African Transport and Allied Union (SATAWU)

The union organises in the transport sector and BES has conducted the election of Regional Office Bearers at the regional elective congresses. These were all onsite elections where manual voting took place. EISA's Balloting and Election Services has, over the years, developed various technologies that are adaptable to specific procedural requirements according to the type of election.

EISA conducted a demonstration of its newly developed electronic balloting for on sight non statutory elections presenting the electronic ballot paper to the SATAWU Eastern Cape provincial congress held in East London during May 2014. As a result of this demonstration, EISA was commissioned to conduct elections for office bearers for the SATAWU Gauteng Provincial Congress in July 2014 using these. As a result of the success of these elections, EISA was contracted by SATAWU to manage the election of the SATAWU KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office Bearers at its Special Provincial Congress held in September 2016 in Durban. Nominations were conducted at the conference and all positions were contested. Voting however never took place as the conference had to be postponed due to disagreements within SATAWU.

Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU)

EISA conducted the FAWU National Office Bearers elections at its national elective congress in August 2016 in Limpopo. The Congress was constituted by 800 voting delegates. The nominations were conducted at the conference and all positions were uncontested.