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IEC mum on Tlakula 'resignation'

Terry Tselane says it is up to Pansy Tlakula to make the decision to resign.

IEC Deputy Chairperson Terry Tselane. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Terry Tselane says he and other commissioners can't comment on whether IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula should resign.

At least eight opposition parties said yesterday they had agreed Tlakula should step down, saying she could no longer be seen to be a properly credible figure.

Tselane says any decision is up to Tlakula herself.

Last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a damning report on the IEC's procurement of its R320 million Centurion offices from property developer Abland.

She found Tlakula guilty of maladministration and misconduct over the acquisition.

Madonsela said the IEC chair failed to disclose her relationship with Thaba Mufamadi, a part-owner of Abland.

She recommended President Jacob Zuma take urgent steps against Tlakula.

However, Tlakula maintains she was not part of the decision to award the lease to Abland, arguing two proposals were offered to the IEC in making the decision and that she indicated no preference.

Meanwhile, Eyewitness News also asked Tselane about the credibility of the May polls.

"We've put measures in place to make sure the upcoming elections are credible."

Tselane also says while thousands of people are working hard to ensure the elections are free and fair, public perception is a different issue.

If Tlakula steps down, Tselane might have to take over.