“During his interviews he was able to deal with issues facing the commission with clarity and confidence. This accords with what is to be expected from someone who has been within the electoral environment for more than two decades,” said the panel.
“He spearheaded the development of the 2020-2025 strategic plan for the commission and if reappointed his experience and competence would enable him to make the much needed contribution to the commission to ensure its successful implementation.”
The DA objected to the recommendation, saying during Mashinini’s term as IEC commissioner he has overseen an unprecedented decline in voter turnout.
“In 2016, 15-million people voted and this number declined to 12-million in 2021. This is a clear indication the IEC is failing to promote voter turnout, and numerous reports have indicated young people do not have an appetite to vote. The IEC doesn’t have a tangible plan to attract young voters,” said DA MP Angel Khanyile.
She also claimed that during Mashinini’s term there had been a lack of accountability within the IEC, with some issues of irregular conduct by some commission presiding officers remaining unresolved until voting has been finalised.
Khanyile said the public’s trust in the commission has declined over the years.
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