PARLIAMENT TO RECOMMEND 3 NEW IEC COMMISSIONERS
By: Sheilan Clarke ● IEC COMMISSIONER CAMPAIGN ● 14 August 2018
The next phase in the IEC Commissioner appointment process is underway as Parliament’s Portfolio Committee of Home Affairs will meet to consider and recommend three Commissioners to the President for appointment to the Electoral Commission on Wednesday 15 August.
Eight names from the original shortlist of 26 have been sent to Parliament after the grueling two-day panel interviews in June led by Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng. The terms of office of Vice-Chairperson Terry Tselane, Judge Thami Makhanya and Reverend Bongani Finca all expire in 2018. One of the three vacancies has to be a judge.
The eight shortlisted candidates Parliament will consider are:
We urge the committee to practice due diligence and ensure that only the most suitable candidates are appointed to ensure the delivery of free and fair elections. We are heading for the 2019 general elections and it would be prudent to ensure that the new appointees are committed to putting the interests of South Africans and protecting our democracy ahead of political parties.
Together with CASAC, we have compiled a report for the consideration of the Portfolio Committee of Home Affairs. In it we highlight some background into the education and employment history as well as any business interests the eight candidates may have. The report also highlights relevant aspects of each candidate's interview.
You can read the report at this link.
+27 73 429 25 93