THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSIONíS INSISTENCE THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENT WILL RUN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) continues to insist that the upcoming Local Government elections will to a large extent be managed by Local Government officials.
This is a disturbing situation, since Local Government officials obviously have a vested interest in the outcome of these elections. Furthermore, the majority of senior Local Government officials are political appointees, which means that the overwhelming majority of them depend upon the party that appointed them for their future employment.
I find it unacceptable that these elections should not be solely administered and managed by the IEC; that is after all their constitutional mandate.
I propose that, as leaders of our respective parties, we should meet urgently to discuss this disturbing situation. I would like to hear your views in this regard and whether you agree that such a situation cannot be allowed to threaten the integrity of the upcoming elections. If we are in agreement we will need to plan a way forward in the interests of all our supporters, and democracy in general.
I eagerly await your response.