SACP threatens eNCA with legal action over polls


Representatives from the South African Communist Party protested outside the Johannesburg eNCA offices on Friday over issues of transformation and grievances with the Ipsos polls.

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JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) has given the eNCA channel until next week to respond to its grievances about its Ipsos weekly election poll

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Members of the SACP held a picket outside the Johannesburg offices of the TV channel on Friday morning.

The party says the Ipsos poll is not a true reflection of what is happening on the ground.


For seven weeks ahead of the elections, eNCA has partnered with Ipsos to measure voter sentiment in Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Johannesburg.

The SACP has now expressed concerns in particular about the prediction that the DA is ahead of the ANC in Tshwane.

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The SACP argues that the sampling method used by the polling agency is not accurate.



eNCA&39;s Editor-in-Chief, Anton Harber said company chosen to do the polls had the most accurate predication ahead of the 2014 election.

"We have commissioned an independent agency - they have created a panel of 500 people in the cities that we are polling and ask them some questions, one of them of course is how they are going to vote and the main thing is that it’s not a prediction."

"We did it because it increases interest in the ballot, gives us a sense of where things are heading, and should make both voters and political parties more aware of what they are dealing with and how important their vote will be."

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Harber concedes that polls are not perfect and sometimes only reflect the mood on the day.

"In Pretoria what we showed is the ANC dipped sharply after the violence of last week and then they picked up again a week later, which is exactly what you would expect," he said.

READ: POLLS: ANC drops further in Tshwane after violence

"But the research does tell us the current trends – and they make it clear that we should get used to a new era of coalition rule in at least two of the major cities," Harber added.

"Which would you believe: a scientific poll by an international company with a solid reputation for this kind of work, and a history of accurate polling in this country, or the gut feel of party campaigners on the ground?" he asked.

The SACP is not convinced, however, and has accused eNCA of not using proper sampling to gather information. It&39;s called for the polls to be stopped.





At the same time, it  has raised issue over apparent lack of transformation and other matters facing workers at eNCA.

eNCA says it will look into the issues raised by the party.

"We are under attack for doing what the media does – report on how things are looking in the run-up to an important ballot," Harber said.

"I look forward to the day when [polls] are a routine part of our election build-up and not something parties would consider protesting over."




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