Johannesburg - The Inkatha Freedom Party on Monday distanced
itself from a call by some opposition parties for IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula
"At no meeting of the IFP national council or national
executive committee was such a resolution passed," it said.
"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 7 May elections. The parties met the
management of the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC).
It was said that parties calling for her resignation were
the United Democratic Movement, 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.
The opposition parties are giving Tlakula until the end of
business on Monday to respond to their demand, otherwise they are threatening
The IEC has not responded to questions from Sapa on 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. He has given them
till 15:00 on Monday.
Agang SA and the EFF on Monday 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
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," he said.