The SA Institute of Business Accountants (Saiba) is the latest professional body whose members have been allowed to apply as observers for the upcoming 8 May election.

“This is the first time that Saiba has been involved in the election process, and so far 75 of our members have volunteered their services as observers on election day,” says Saiba CEO Nicolaas van Wyk. “We intend to use this as a learning experience for ourselves as an organisation and for our members, so that we can expand our involvement in future elections.”

It’s not too late for Saiba members to volunteer their services. Van Wyk says Saiba members will be tasked with monitoring the election’s accessibility for disabled people. “Disabled people are part of the largely unseen population of South Africa and we want to make sure that their voices and their votes are properly recorded on election day.

“As accountants, we are skilled at providing assurance on financial reports and other matters so it makes sense for us to apply our skills to the election process.” Read more