Credibility of election results in peril

There are concerns a probe into the IEC chairperson could impact the credibility of election results.

IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution says it is concerned a cloud is still hanging over the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s chairperson ahead of the elections.

Last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela took issue with Pansy Tlakula's role in concluding a multimillion rand lease for new IEC headquarters in Pretoria.

It's also been reported an independent forensic investigation has recommended criminal action be taken over the matter.

But Tlakula is off the hook, at least for now, due to a technicality in the Public Protector's probe.

The council's Lawson Naidoo says the forensic report must be made public.

"We've been very fortunate in that the IEC has done a tremendous job over the last 20 years. We are concerned that the cloud that currently hangs over the IEC could have an impact on the credibility of the election results."