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Pansy Tlakula takes over IEC top job

2011-11-08 17:53

Johannesburg - Former chief electoral officer Pansy Tlakula has been appointed chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the presidency said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Terry Tselane was appointed as her deputy.

The other new members of the commission are Reverend Bongani Finca and Raenette Taljaard.

Taljaard will serve as a part-time commissioner.

Maharaj said Tlakula had led the IEC as chief electoral officer for many years.

Under her leadership and that of former chairperson, Brigalia Bam, the IEC developed a reputation for being an efficient organisation.

"The Commission has made South Africa proud for delivering free and fair elections without fail, since the advent of democracy in 1994," Maharaj said in a statement.

He said President Jacob Zuma was expecting the trend to continue under the new leadership.

The new members would serve for seven years.