"Bob Jones provides a valuable overview of the smorgasboard of parties which is being presented to the voters, with helpful comparative reference to party choice which was available in 1994 and 1999. Janet Cherry examines how the party lists are constructed. She discounts the suggestion that voters do not examine the party policies critically in making their choice. Yul Derek Davids not only provides us with brief overviews of the manifestos of the larger parties in the current election, but notes how comparison reveals that the problems they are dealing with are very close to the major concerns which people register in opinion polls. Thabo Rapoo concludes this issue of election synopsis by reviewing how our politicians and parties are running their campaigns. With its re-election guaranteed, he argues, the ANC might have been expected to sit back on its haunches, and to go on the defensive."