Johannesburg, April 30, 2014-Speaking on SA FM AM live on Wednesday morning Professor at the Department of Political Sciences at University of South Africa (Unisa) Dirk Kotze says there is a political split in the application for Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Pansy Tlakula to step down.
Kotze says that the public protector’s report and treasury report affects the integrity of the IEC and the elections as it shows that there was a close relationship between the African National Congress (ANC) and IEC.
He says that this resulted in the Multi-Party forum which includes the United Democratic Movement (UDM), African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Congress of the people (COPE) wanting Tlakula to step down.
“The ANC and the Democratic Alliance (DA) for example are not pushing for Tlakula to step down, it is only minority parties.”
IEC chair Pansy Tlakula says she wants to see the elections through and then she will deal with the lease matter
Kotze says that the commission has the capacity to conduct free and fair elections and does not entirely rely on Tlakula’s presence for free and fair elections in South Africa.
“South Africa sets quality election standards in Africa.”
Meanwhile, Tlakula says she wants to see the elections through and then she will deal with the lease matter.