13 candidates being interviewed for top IEC job

The panel interviewing the short listed candidates includes the Chief Justice and the Public Protector.

Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is interviewing 13 candidates today for the vacancy of part-time commissioner.

Last year, President Jacob Zuma accepted the National Assembly's request to re-initiate the process because the list lacked sufficient choices with regards to gender and race.

The panel interviewing the short listed candidates is made up of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and representatives from both Gender Equality and the Human Rights Commission.

Lovetta Bolters was the first person to be interviewed today. She said there is a need to increase the IEC's awareness campaign to encourage voters from the younger generation.

"We do require a person of the female gender to add to the four people that are there; it brings a different perspective."

Bolters also emphasised the need for women to be part of the Electoral Commission.

Currently, there are no women serving on the IEC following the resignations of Raenette Taljaard last year and Pansy Tlakula, who left in the wake of a botched leasing scandal.