The Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) will lead a panel interviewing for a new IEC Commissioner. This comes after former Vice-Chairperson Janet Love’s term came to an end in April of this year.

My Vote Counts is committed to ensuring a transparent and inclusive recruitment process as the IEC is an essential institution in our democracy. This is even more crucial one year ahead of the 2024 elections, the Electoral Amendment Act that recently came into effect, as well as the implementation of the Political Party Funding Act.

The initial deadline for nominations was 10 March but was extended to 24 April due to the Panel not finding suitable candidates.

The interview panel which consists of the Chief Justice, Public Protector, Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality, and the Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, will interview 12 candidates in Johannesburg. These candidates are:

  1. Ms Janet Yetta Love
  2. Dr Sithembiso Govuzela
  3. Adv Olivier Josie
  4. Ms Bongekile Zulu
  5. Ms Sinenhlanhla Thuleleni Mthembu
  6. Mr Hanif Vally
  7. Adv Geraldine Carol Chaplog-Louw
  8. Dr Setlhomamaru Isaac Dintwe
  9. Mr Lumko Caesario Mtimde
  10. Ms Preetha Dabideen
  11. Dr Rachel Fhumulani Munyai
  12. Ms Thezi Rosemary Mabuza

The public has until the 26th of May to make comment on the above shortlist.

MVC has confirmed with the OCJ that the interviews will be live streamed. We will also be sending a representative to attend the interviews in-person. More information on the exact venue will be communicated in due course.

We call on the media to acknowledge the importance of ensuring an open and transparent recruitment process of the IEC Commissioner. For our democracy to be well-functioning, it is essential that the IEC is well-capacitated to carry out its mandates.

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