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Siya Khumalo | #LGE2021: The IEC won an opportunity to technologise, but did it do so on purpose?

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IEC barrier tape at a voting station.
IEC barrier tape at a voting station.
Sharon Seretlo, Gallo Images

Either the IEC risked its reputation at the Constitutional Court to drag government from factionalism into the 21st century, or we got dumb luck: It's hard to say which is scarier, writes Siya Khumalo.

They say the best thing about hitting rock bottom is there's nowhere to go from there but up. This insight may have informed the IEC's counterintuitive strategy of being humiliated in the Constitutional Court to show the urgency of modernising electoral processes ahead of 2024's general elections. 

The IEC would have chosen this route after noting that government's difficulties with innovation were rooted in the governing party's preference for cadre deployment over meritocracy — cloaked in ideology and so-called transformation — which, in turn, stabilises factionalism and state capture.  

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