The mean ages of the patients were 40 (23-62), 49 (36-62), and 30 (23-37) years for the whole group, LOOM group, and SEOM group, respectively.
Three of our patients were in the LOOM group, and two were in the SEOM group.
One of the patients with a chronic course (Case 1) was in the SEOM group, as was the secondary OM case (Case 3).
Clinical features Results LOOM SEOM LOOM+SEOM Mean age (years) 49 (36-62) 30 (23-37) 40 (23-62) Sex (Female:Male) 2:1 2:0 4:1 Clinical presentation Acute 1/3 (33.3%) 1/2 (50%) 2/5 (40%) Subacute 1/3 (33.3%) - 1/5 (20%) Chronic 1/3 (33.3%) 1/2 (50%) 2/5 (40%) Idiopathic OM 3/3 (100%) 1/2 (50%) 4/5 (80%) Secondary OM - 1/2 (50%) 1/5 (20%) Response to 3/3 (100%) 2/2 (100%) 5/5 (100%) steroid treatment Recurrence - 1/2 (50%) 1/5 (20%) LOOM: limited oligosymptomatic ocular myositis; SEOM: severe exophthalmic ocular myositis; OM: orbital myositis Table 3.
The SEOM Head of Mission commended the Government, the National Electoral Commission (IEC) and the People of South Africa for conducting themselves in an exemplary manner during the election period.
The SEOM Preliminary Statement observed a number of good practices worth sustaining, which include the fact that the political and security environment before, during, and immediately after polling day was generally peaceful and the efficient management of the elections by the IEC, despite a few challenges.
In the Preliminary Statement, SEOM makes a number of recommendations for the improvement of the electoral process in the Republic of South Africa, which include the need to urgently assess the possible causes of voter apathy amongst young South Africans, with a view to designing and implementing voter and civic education programmes to address it.
The SEOM to the 2019 South Africa National and Provincial Elections was composed of observers from ten (10) SADC Member States namely; Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
SADC presented the SEOM Preliminary Statement alongside the Electoral Observation Missions of the African Union (AU) and SADC Electoral Commission Forum, each of which also presented its own independent statement.
The event was attended by His Excellency, Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Head of the African Union Electoral Observation Mission to the Republic of South Africa; Alternate Head of SEOM, Honourable Kabinga Pande, former Foreign Affairs Minister of the Republic of Zambia, His Lordship, Judge Esau Chulu, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of the Republic of Zambia and Head of the SADC Electoral Commissions Forum Election Observation Mission to the Republic of South Africa and SADC Executive Secretary, Her Excellency, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax.