Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

Civil society groups are closely watching the process under way to select three new commissioners for the Electoral Commission of SA as the country readies itself for the 2019 general elections. The hotly contested elections are set to take place a few months after three of the required five commissioners are appointed, raising questions about experience. The 2019 election could see key provinces end up under the control of coalition governments. The three new commissioners will replace three exiting commissioners. The terms of Terry Tselane and Bongani Finca end in November 2018, while Judge Thami Makhanya’s term expired in April 2018. However, the process to replace them may only wrap up early in 2019, meaning the new commissioners would have only months to prepare for the elections. Inexperience  The two remaining commissioners, chairman Vuma Mashinini and Janet Love, have presided over local government elections, but are still to run a national one. According to a statement from...

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