IEC to receive UN award

2011-06-22 22:13

Pretoria - The Independent Electoral Commission will receive the United Nations Public Service Award (UNPSA) for preventing and combating corruption in the public service, the IEC said on Wednesday.

IEC chairperson Brigalia Bam and Chief Electoral Officer Advocate Pansy Tlakula would receive the award in the Tanzanian city of Dar Es Salaam on Thursday.

South Africa is a first place winner in the competition for its innovative use of results slip scanning.

A total of 36 public organisations worldwide will receive this award on United Nations Public Service Day.

"Transparency is especially important to the IEC in ensuring that votes captured in the electronic Results System can be easily verified against the votes as reflected in the results slip signed by the presiding officers and political party representatives in each voting station," said Bam.

In November 2010, the IEC received an award from the Centre for Public Sector Innovation for its "innovative use of information communication technology for effective service delivery" for this process, and in May 2011 was the first runner up at the All Africa Public Sector Innovation Awards in Kenya in the category "Innovative Service Delivery Improvements".

  • Spyker May - 2011-06-22 22:29

    This is a bigger joke than the "world will end on 21 May 2011"...

      Charlie - 2011-06-23 08:02

      This must surely be an award for service delivery relating to the elections which were fair and problem free, and not for preventing and combating corruption in government as it may sound...

  • Roger - 2011-06-22 23:04

    W T F F. Is / are the UN............what is this planet coming to

      Angel - 2011-06-23 05:11

      There is an South African, Indian lady judge in charge at Human Rights or something .... she is probably member of ANC. Another reason why we would not get anywhere with any HR case against gov. 'protection' in place all over

  • Rob - 2011-06-22 23:34

    The search for intelligent life in the Universe continues. The idea that praise is more useful than criticism is being taken too far. The World has now definitely gone stark raving f*****g mad. This is like saying to a demented psychopathic mass murderer serving 1000 years in jail that he can now go free because he has n`t killed anyone since breakfast.

  • Niekie - 2011-06-23 06:37

    The biggest joke I have ever heard! The world has gone crazy! What next?

  • LOLWUT - 2011-06-23 07:31

    HAHAHAHHA - And what corruption have they stopped so far????

      ColinG - 2011-06-23 09:18

      Electoral corruption. That's what they have stopped.

  • kolobe - 2011-06-23 07:32

    well done to the iec, let the pessimists be.we are a very democratic country and racists would understand that

  • Gatvol - 2011-06-23 07:45

    We have to be clear - this award is for the IEC for service delivery related to the elections. If you compare our elections to that of the rest of Africa I would also give the IEC a first place award.

      Thembisile - 2011-06-23 13:19

      I fully agree with you, when it comes to organising free and fair elections IEC comes tops in Africa. I hope our african leaders are watching and learning.

  • umlaut - 2011-06-23 08:16

    Next time they oversee elections here they must please install well controlled video cameras in counting halls and they must make sure that all the vote forms are counted. Things must be really bad out there that they can get this award. They are considered....the best???

  • dotty_01 - 2011-06-23 08:37

    what!!!! is this some kind of joke?

      ColinG - 2011-06-23 09:19

      No it's not a joke. Catch the context, will you?

  • BRONZE - 2011-06-23 08:47

    I think they deserve it esp. compared to the rest of Africa. Their organisation of the elections is very good. Yes there is still room for improvement but so far they've done a very good job. As for the journalist that wrote this article: please learn how to write properly. You wrote the article as though the IEC is combating corruption in general in the country. Specify that this is regarding them organising what is now considered one of the best corrupt-free elections around. Honestly, what does it take to be a journalist these days?

  • Flasheart - 2011-06-23 08:48

    What the hell???

      Mswati - 2011-06-23 10:44

      Your mother is hell

      Flasheart - 2011-06-23 15:29

      Hey inkwenkwe. Voetsek off baas's computer and go make him coffee. move!

  • Smindlo - 2011-06-23 11:22

    Independent Electoral Corruption

  • Styvies - 2011-06-23 12:14

    Whats with the haters? Our elections run smoother than the americans (anyone remember the florida recount?) !

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