IEC is confident that its systems can detect fraud

The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says it is confident that its systems can detect fraudulent behavior.

However, the commission says it cannot guarantee that there will not be any more leaks.

Its Deputy CEO Masego Sheburi said the employee who was responsible for leaking the ANC’s candidate lists mere hours after the submission deadline, had authorized access to the system.

“How are we going to stop further leaks? It is a difficult one. Can we stop information being shared in an authorized manner? I don’t think we can make that promise without lying to you.”

Sheburi said since the incident, controls have been tightened.

“We have limited access. We have disaggregated the reports that any one person has at any given time, so that the person does not have access from A to Z unless there is a critical unavoidable business need.”

The IEC appeared before Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs yesterday to provide an update on its readiness for the elections.


Done by: Alungile Njemla



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