National Assembly wants Glen Mashinini for top IEC post

Parliament wants President Jacob Zuma to appoint Glen Mashinini to fill the commissioner's seat in IEC.

FILE. Parliament wants President Jacob Zuma to appoint Glen Mashinini to fill the commissioner's seat in IEC. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The National Assembly will recommend to President Jacob Zuma that he appoint his former Special Projects Advisor, Glen Mashinini, to fill the commissioner's seat in the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) left vacant when Pansy Tlakula resigned last year.

Members of Parliament (MPs) voted on the matter on Tuesday afternoon.

Opposition parties were vehemently opposed when MPs voted on the matter, arguing Mashinini's proximity to the president and background of African National Congress (ANC) activism presented a conflict of interest.

Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen says, "We're not filling the tiddlywink's committee here, this is the commissioner of the IEC and it should be somebody who has broad appeal across all political parties and we can undermine the credibility of that person if we proceed in this house the way we've done today."

But ANC MP Lemias Mashile told MPs Mashinini served as a former deputy chief electoral officer of the IEC between 1998 and 2001.

"He has valuable institutional memory which will assist him in dealing with any challenges that the commission must be faced with. He is a strong administrator and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in lateral matters."

The vote went 223 in favour, 127 against and two abstentions.