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IEC: Elections will be successful

The troubled commission chairperson appeared confident at the opening of the results centre.

IEC chair Pansy Tlakula and President Jacob Zuma inspect the national election centre at its opening in Pretoria ahead of the 2014 elections on 30 April 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Nothing will get in the way of successful elections next Wednesday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said on Wednesday.

The body yesterday declared a state of readiness ahead of the 7 May provincial and national polls.

IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula officially opened the national results centre in Pretoria.

President Jacob Zuma and Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa were in attendance.

The troubled commission head appeared confident as she announced that officials were ready for elections.

This despite Friday's enquiry into her fitness to hold office.

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.

The protector found Tlakula guilty of maladministration for her role in the debacle.

Five political parties have called for her to step down from the body, claiming she cannot be trusted.

IEC Deputy Chairperson Terry Tselane says nothing will stand in the way of successful polls.

"Expectations have been formed over the past 20 years of excellence from all stakeholders. We owe it to all participants to live up to and indeed exceed these expectations."

Earlier this week, Tlakula's lawyers had argued it would be unfair to put her through an enquiry due to a lack of time to adequately prepare.

A total of 29 political parties are contesting the elections and the IEC says it has more than 22,000 voting stations across South Africa.