IEC Appoints Moseneke to Assess Elections Threat

Written by on 20 May, 2021

By: Sthulile Mdletshe

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says preparations for the Local Government Elections (LGE) have reached an advance stage.

The IEC has been giving an update on the upcoming elections which are shcheduled for 27 October 2021.

Electoral Commission Chairperson, Glen Mashinini, says based on the concerns raised by political parties, they have appointed former Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ), Dikgang Moseneke, to lead a process to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on conditions conducive for the holding of free & fair elections.

Mashinini says this will balance the protection of constitutions as well as protection of lives.

“Justice Moseneke will undertake an urgent appraisal of all the relevant legal, socio-political, health, practical and other considerations and submit a report to the Commission during July. In addition to assessing the various factors, the report may also make recommendations of additional measures to further fortify the integrity and safety of the elections,” explains Mashinini.

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Moseneke will invite and consider submissions from various stakeholders including political parties, key electoral stakeholders including the administration of the Electoral Commission, health authorities, the disaster management authorities including COGTA and  stakeholders functioning in the constitution and electoral democracy environment.

Retired DCJ says the 5th Local Government Elections faces an unexpected threat.

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