Policy analyst Nompumelelo Runji tells John Maytham why the postponement of by-elections in Tlokwe could be a signal that the IEC's ability to run a free and fair election is in question - and they need to contest the ruling.
The Voters Role is critical to ensuring a fair election and it is essential to have accurate records of where voters live. In South Africa not everybody has a proper address - especially those living in informal settlements. It is possible however to verify where people are based. But the Electoral Court has decided the IEC has failed to do this and postponed all the Tlokwe by-elections for now.
The IEC credibility is on trial here. Everyone is looking to see what the IEC is going to do now.— Nompumelelo Runji Policy Analyst
Runji says the IEC needs to challenge this in court in order to send out a strong message that it is capable of carrying out elections properly.
The Tlokwe example is the first time the IEC has been found wanting.— Nompumelelo Runji Policy Analyst
Listen to Runji explaining what the IEC needs to do to get back in on track.