Search back on for IEC commissioner

2015-09-22 16:42


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Johannesburg - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will have to restart the process of filling a vacancy for a part-time commissioner in the Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC).

This was after President Jacob Zuma accepted the National Assembly's request to re-initiate the process, the Presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.

Acting Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli informed Zuma it was decided not to recommend a candidate for the appointment of a part-time commissioner, because the list did not have sufficient choices with regards to gender and race.

The list submitted to the National Assembly by the selection panel, chaired by Mogoeng, consisted of seven black men and women and one white woman, the statement said.

Mogoeng, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, SA Human Rights Commission chairperson Lawrence Mushwana and Commission for Gender Equality chairperson Mfanozelwe Shozi interviewed six women and four men for the position in June.

The position became vacant following the resignation of Raenette Taljaard in late February.

There are currently no women serving on the IEC following her resignation and that of former IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula, who left in the wake of a botched leasing deal.

Tlakula's position as an IEC commissioner was filled this year by Vuma Mashinini, who was a special project advisor to the president.

The position of chairperson has also not yet been finalised.

During the panel interviews, Mogoeng asked some of the men interviewed what he called an "unfair question". This was in regard to the fact that there were no women commissioners.

He asked them why they should be recommended for the position over a woman.

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