Mogoeng submits 8 names for IEC post

2014-11-22 09:25

The names of eight candidates for the post of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) commissioner have been submitted to Parliament, says Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

“After a careful consideration of the candidates’ background and performance in the interviews, the panel agreed unanimously that the following eight names be submitted to the speaker of the national assembly,” said Mogoeng – who chaired a panel interviewing candidates for the IEC SA position.

The eight candidates are former Bulgarian ambassador Sheila Margaret Camerer, chairperson of the gender committee of the Law Society of SA Hlaleleni Kathleen Dlepu, Rebecca Madipoane Queendy Gungubele, advocate Salome Ngwanamathiba Khutsoane, part-time commissioner at the SA Human Rights Commission Janet Love, special projects adviser to the president Vuma Glenton Mashinini, Lumko Caesario Mtimde and Maruping Michael Wildebees, who serves as the IEC Northern Cape outreach manager.

A committee – made up of representatives from various political parties in Parliament – will now select one candidate from the eight to recommend to President Jacob Zuma.

“It would then be open to the President, in the exercise of his discretion, to appoint that person and proceed to appoint any of the five Commissioners as chairperson of the IEC.”

Earlier this week, interviews with 14 shortlisted candidates were conducted in Boksburg by Mogoeng, along with deputy public protector Kevin Malunga, chairperson of the SAHRC Lawrence Mushwana, and chairman of the Commission for Gender Equality, Mfanozelwe Shozi.

The position of an IEC commissioner became vacant when IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula resigned in September.

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