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Tselane 'comfortable' with current role

Terry Tselane says his focus is to ensure the 2016 elections are free and fair.

IEC Deputy Chairperson Terry Tselane. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - With the process of finding a new head of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) now underway, its current deputy Terry Tselane says he's focusing on his current role.

Advocate Pansy Tlakula stepped down earlier this month after the Electoral Court said Parliament should recommend she be removed following a finding of misconduct against her.

Tlakula had been accused of maladministration for her role in a headquarters leasing deal.

Tselane was asked directly if he was available for the post of chair.

"I'm comfortable with the position I hold and at the moment, the focus is to ensure the 2016 elections are free and fair."

Last month United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said, Tlakula's resignation was long overdue.

Holomisa lodged the original complaint with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, which led to a finding of misconduct in the headquarters leasing scandal.

The now former IEC head has always claimed she did not personally benefit from the IEC's granting of a contract to her business partner.

Holomisa claimed Tlakula only hung on for so long because she had political support.