IEC bosses to hit ground running

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By Mamello Mosaefane

Newly appointed chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Mphasa Mokhochane says his key personnel is ready to unlock all commission duties that had been on hold for two years.

IEC has been without commissioners since January 2019 when previous commissioners’ contracts ended. The former commissioners; Justice Mahapela Lehohla, Advocate Mamosebi Pholo, and Dr. Makase Nyapisi fought a long battle to try and remain in office after the government refused to renew their contracts.

The delay in appointing new commissioners and subsequent directors of elections thereafter disabled the operations of the commission such as the conducting of by-elections and constituencies delimitations.

The three commissioners; Mokhochane, Ts’oeu Petlane, and Karabo  Mokobocho  took oath of office today at the palace of justice before Chief Justice Sakoane Sakoane.

Mokhochane upon taking oath vowed to execute their duties without fear or favor of anyone and lead the commission’s primary purpose of providing clean elections through the resumption of voter registrations and political parties’ registrations.

“For this to be successful, the Director of Elections should be appointed as soon as possible, but the expectation is that this can only be done after a period of five months”, Mokhochane stated.

He says an acting Director of Elections will therefore be appointed in the interim to ensure that the registration process and signing of registering party certificates is well managed.

The commissioners will tomorrow meet the IEC staff to get from them what is lacking and needs to be fixed by the incoming management.

The new commissioners are expected to hold office for the next five years.

A newly formed party, Yearn for Economic Sustainability (YES) leader, Molefi Nts’onyane said he is very excited for the presence of the commissioners as they will now finalize their party registration.

YES has been waiting for the certificate of operation from the IEC and Nts’onyane believes that all documents will now be verified.

“We are very ready to pay M1000.00 for the certificate from IEC” he said.

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