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EFF tours IEC centre, confident of free and fair elections

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has expressed confidence in a free and fair poll. Its leader Julius Malema made the comments during a visit to the national Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) centre in Pretoria on Tuesday.

IEC chair Vuma Mashinini accompanied Malema on his tour.

The party had previously expressed reservations about Mashinini’s appointment. It said his close relationship with President Jacob Zuma might compromise the IEC’s integrity.

“All we were doing was to warn them that they shouldn’t be a role player in these elections, that they must be neutral and continue to do what they are known for. We were particularly worried about the appointment of the new chairperson of the IEC because of his close proximity to President Zuma and the IEC reassured us in a meeting with them that they are above individual interests,” says Malema.

Malema also appealed for political tolerance.

“We wish all political parties well on August 3, 2016. We call on all to be tolerant and let us indeed have peaceful free and fair elections. We call on presiding officers to be fair and use the IEC rules book to take actions about whatever problems they may face.”

The party ended its tour by expressing confidence in the IEC’s ability to pull off a free and fair election.

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