Agang calls for Pansy Tlakula to step down until after elections

2014-03-27 14:40

Agang SA on Thursday urged Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) chair Pansy Tlakula to step down until after the elections.

Agang SA spokesperson Paul O’Sullivan said today that Tlakula and IEC official Stephen Langtry should step down in the interest of a free and fair election.

A forensic investigation by auditors PwC on behalf of the Treasury on the procurement of the IEC’s Riverside Office Park building in Centurion, Pretoria, was released last week.

The report indicated the procurement process was not fair, transparent, or cost-effective.

It also found that Tlakula did not give guidance or formally inform various people about what was expected of them in the process.

“Against this background, it is critical that the IEC remains above reproach.

“It simply cannot do that with Tlakula and Langtry still in their positions,” said O’Sullivan.

He said the level of integrity and ethics in the IEC had evaporated, placing oversight of the elections at risk, and calling the whole organisation into doubt.

Agang SA also called on deputy chief electoral officer Norman du Plessis to step down, but IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said he had resigned.

Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele said teachers who had in the past been deployed to manage polling stations and were members of the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) should be removed from this role.

“There is an inherent conflict of interest in Sadtu members operating as electoral officers in a multiparty election process,” Ramphele said.

She said the integrity of the election was at stake.

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