Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
3 minute read
22 Oct 2021
5:45 am

IEC called to order: Not voting doesn’t take away your right to complain

Asanda Matlhare

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) came under fire on Thursday for a poster on its Twitter platform.

A successful voter registration weekend saw over 666000 people register. Picture: Gallo Images

As a chapter nine state institution supporting constitutional democracy, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) came under fire on Thursday for a poster on its Twitter platform – which has since been deleted – captioned, “Just remember, if you don’t vote you lose the right to complain. "Do the right thing, put an X to it.” With local elections just over a week away, one of IEC’s roles is the promotion of voting. However, senior attorney at the Wits University Centre for Applied Legal Studies, Sithuthukile Mkhize, disagreed with the way it was encouraging people to vote. “It was...