10.07.2008 – I browsed over to the IEC’s webpage and it told me it does not support Firefox. So democracy is available if you have Internet Explorer and not if you have Firefox.
I find it rather ironic that the IEC Website doesn’t support Firefox which is used by roughly 30% of the people onlne. They say that the browser doesn’t support their site. I say their site doesn’t support the browser.
How on earth does an organisation that is designated to uphold democracy not start with itself.
Here is a copy of their Vission and Mission Statements:
To strengthen constitutional democracy through the delivery of free and fair elections in which every voter is able to record his or her informed choice.
The Electoral Commission of South Africa is a permanent body created by the Constitution to promote and safeguard democracy in South Africa. Although publicly funded and accountable to parliament, the Commission is independent of the government. Its immediate task is the impartial management of free and fair elections at all levels of government.
I could understand it if we where still in 1994 but it’s 2008.
I hope they have plans to roll out a fully web standards compliant site in the near future.
I’d suggest that although Firefox users may be a minority at this point, you will find that they are often the most web-savvy and outspoken.