Pansy Tlakula should stay in ‘interest of fair elections’

2014-04-15 08:30

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The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has distanced itself from a call by some opposition parties for Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Pansy Tlakula to resign.

“At no meeting of the IFP national council or national executive committee was such a resolution passed,” it said yesterday.

“We remain of the viewpoint that advocate Tlakula, in the interest of free, fair and stable elections, should be allowed to stay at the helm of the IEC for now.”

Earlier this month, opposition parties said they were worried about the credibility of the May 7 elections. The parties met the management of the IEC.

It was said that parties calling for her resignation were the United Democratic Movement (UDM), the Azanian People’s Organisation, the African Christian Democratic Party, the IFP, the United Christian Democratic Party, the Congress of the People, Agang SA and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

The opposition parties gave Tlakula until the end of business yesterday to respond to their demand, otherwise they threatened legal action.

The IEC has not responded to questions about whether Tlakula would resign.

Earlier, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said the parties had not received any communication from Tlakula.

“We will start implementing the resolution of the political parties who agreed she should step down,” he said.

“We have identified a law firm who will take the matter forward starting from tomorrow onwards.”

Holomisa said he was waiting for the other opposition parties to let him know if they would join the legal action.

Agang SA and the EFF yesterday said they were still behind the call for her resignation.

“We are still calling for her to step aside and will join legal action if she does not,” said Agang SA deputy national spokesperson Andrew Gasnolar.

Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has previously said the electoral body should be headed by a person “without a whiff of a cloud over her head”.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlovu said: “We are waiting for her [Tlakula’s] response.”

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