Lack of consistency and transparency has been the norm in the administration of the Independent Electoral Commission in South Africa. This has set a tone of confusion in the country as the nation gets geared up for upcoming elections. Confusion and drama are the least antics which can be expected as they may affect the integrity of the election and it's outcome.
As a result, some players in the political affairs have been left disgruntled. Among them is the outspoken leader of the EFF, Julius Malema. In an article which was published by SAfm News today, Malema was said to have accused the Independent Electoral Commission of lack of transparency, in the process of registering candidates for the up-coming local government elections. The IEC is said to be acting in an unusual manner.
It is now widely believed that the IEC is now acting in a suspicious manner which may leave the political playing field. Among the suspicious moves that have been done by the IEC has been the postponement of the deadline of 5 o'clock to 9 o'clock in the evening.
Officials from the IEC claim that several political parties have requested the extension, as they still needed to finalise the list of those who will represent them in the polls. No mention was given of the political parties who have pleaded for an extension.
Even those who do not believe that Malema says out valid points today were left siding up with him as this may lead up to the election process being chaotic.
Consistency and sticking to set rules is key to ensuring that all the players are convinced that the elections will be carried out in a fair manner. In the event that the commission wishes to make changes, there is need to communicate through the proper channels at the right time.
This time around, the IEC might have failed to inform the political parties of their intentions to extend the deadline. Below are some of the reactions from twitter users after they heard of Malema's latest rant.
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