EFF rejects ‘ANC deployee’ to head IEC

2015-03-04 14:07

The National Assembly may approve of appointing a former adviser to President Jacob Zuma as commissioner of the Independent Electoral Commission but opposition parties are not impressed.

Despite objections from opposition parties, the National Assembly yesterday approved the recommendation that Vuma Glenton Mashinini be appointed to the Electoral Commission as a commissioner to replace Pansy Tlakula, who left under a cloud last year.

“The Economic Freedom Fighters rejects Mashinini because he is a deployee of Luthuli House. He was previously a special and personal adviser to President Jacob Zuma, which casts on him a permanent shadow of doubt on his ability to preside in a free and fair manner over the elections,” said the party yesterday.

Parliament’s home affairs portfolio committee last week recommended that Mashinini take over as IEC head.

Mashinini at one time acted as a special adviser to Zuma.

The question of his appointment was put to the vote, with 223 members in favour, 127 against, and two abstentions.

“The EFF also rejects the recommendation on the basis that his appointment will result in four men being in the commission, without a woman. Even if the next appointment is a woman, there will still just be a single position occupied by a woman following the resignation of Reinette Taljaard,” said the EFF.

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