Thursday, May 23, 2024

International watchdog slams ‘compromised’ IEC

The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI) (2024) has raised questions about the independence of the Independent Electoral Commission

The BTI assesses the transformation towards democracy and a market economy as well as the quality of governance.

“The independence of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is compromised due to executive influence, specifically in the exclusive appointment of the IEC chairperson by the president,” said the BTI country report, which added that; “Moreover, the president holds substantial sway in the process of issuing election writs.

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