n Journal of African Elections - Open forum

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-4700



Advocate Pansy Tlakula, former Chief Electoral Officer of the Independent Electoral Commission, was appointed chairperson of the commission in November 2011. She has a BProc from the University of the North, an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LLM from Harvard University. Prior to joining the IEC she was a commissioner at the South African Human Rights Commission and was a member of the team that developed the commission's mission, vision, organisational structure and systems. As National Commissioner for Equal Opportunities, she was responsible for projects and programmes relating to racism and racial discrimination. In 2005 she was appointed a member of the African Commission for Human and People's Rights. Here she answers some questions about the IEC, about women in politics and about issues of local government.

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