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“New IEC boss deployed from Luthuli House” - EFF

By Charl Bosch - Oct 16, 2015
“New IEC boss deployed from Luthuli House” - EFF

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has accused the ruling African National Congress (ANC) of wanting to rig votes with the appointment of Glenton Mashinini as new Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

Earlier this week, the Presidency announced that Mashinini, a former special adviser to Zuma who was appointed IEC commissioner in April following the resignation of Pansy Tlakula in September last year, would take over the position in an attempt “to help strengthen the IEC’s governance structures”.

In a statement, EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said Mashinini’s close relations with Zuma had cast significant doubt as to whether next year’s municipal elections would be free and fair.

“The IEC is a body that must be trusted by all, it must win the respect and confidence of all players and the public,” Ndlozi said.

“Mashinini has been deployed by Luthuli House [to] guard their interests and help them win. With Mashinini on its helm, the ANC is telling the public and other political players that it does not care about free and fair elections”.

In a similar reaction yesterday, Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Home Affairs, Haniff Hoosen, said Mashinini should never have been listed as an IEC candidate.

“It is critical for South Africa’s democratic processes that the Commissioner be beyond reproach, and capable of fairly and effectively running an organisation tasked with multi-million rand budgets and the custodian of free and fair elections which is the bedrock of any democratic nation,” Hoosen said.

“Mashinini’s appointment as IEC Commissioner flies directly in the face of the constitutional principles that govern the IEC, and will in time undoubtedly compromise its credibility”.