Potential commissioners of the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) were on Monday grilled on a range of topics, including how to fix the country’s voters roll. The interviews, meant to fill three vacant commissioner positions, were conducted by a panel led by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in Midrand. The voters roll was one of the key issues the panel asked aspiring commissioners about. The Constitutional Court in 2016 held that the failure to compile a voters roll with available addresses was inconsistent with the Constitution and was invalid. But the declaration of invalidity was suspended until June 30 2018. The IEC has until the end of June to ensure it has recorded outstanding addresses on the voters roll. It has now had to approach the court for an extension, saying it will not be able to meet the deadline.

If the IEC is unable to clean up the voters roll and the top court refuses to give it an extension, the commission could be forced to remove about 1.3-million people fro...

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