Zille warns Vuma Mashinini against vote rigging

2015-03-07 14:07

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Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille has warned the man tipped to lead the Independent Electoral Committee, Vuma Mashinini, not to manipulate votes in favour of the ANC.

Zille was speaking at the DA’s Mpumalanga elective conference today.

Mashinini was a special advisor to President Jacob Zuma before the ANC majority in Parliament voted that he was the best candidate to succeed disgraced former IEC chairperson, Pansy Tlakula, on Tuesday. His appointment has not been formalised.

Zille said her party would train volunteers to monitor elections in every voting district in order to guard against rigging of votes.

“Mr Mashini,” she said, “Don’t think you can turn an election in South Africa into a special project for Jacob Zuma.”

Zille said the DA was aware of the ANC’s tricks to manipulate election results because they were getting scared of the DA’s growth.

Mashinini got 223 votes against 127 amid objections from opposition parties that the new IEC chairperson would not be able to head a Chapter 9 institution as he was too close to the president and therefore not independent.

Tlakula resigned unceremoniously last year after it emerged that she was involved in procurement irregularities and conflict of interest pertaining to the acquisition of new IEC head offices.

The DA conference will see Mpumalanga leader, Anthony Benadie, step down after almost eight years at the helm. Benadie will make himself available for the position of deputy federal chairperson.

He will however remain a member of the Mpumalanga provincial legislature.

James Masango – current provincial chairperson – is expected to succeed Benadie, and will be the party’s first ever black leader in the province.

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