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IEC commended for swift action against employees accused of misconduct

Political analyst Ongama Mtimka says the swift dismissals of presiding officers and their deputies in voting stations in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal by the Electoral Commission (IEC) inspires confidence in the Chapter Nine institution and is highly commendable.

He says that the officials at Ward 94 at KwaMakhutha in the Ethekwini and Emaweni voting station near King Sabata Dalingebo Municipalities were reportedly fired following allegations of irregularities and attempts to influence voters inside the voting stations, respectively.

“The IEC has enjoyed increasing credibility over the years since 1994, gaining acclaim from national and international observers and analyst. Swift action against those who are found guilty of misconduct will protect the integrity of the organisation.”

Mtimka adds: “The number of cases of misconduct means the organisation may need to balance between quick recruitment processes and vigilance in screening. Vigilant integrity tests may be good tools going forward.”

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