Quote of the week

It is necessary that the integrity of the electoral process be maintained. Indeed, the acceptance of the election as being free and fair depends upon that integrity. Elections must not only be free and fair but they must be perceived as being free and fair. Even-handedness in dealing with all political parties and candidates is crucial to that integrity and its perception by voters. The Commission must not be placed in a situation where it has to make ad hoc decisions about political parties and candidates who have not complied with the Act. The requirement that documents must be submitted to the local offices of the Commission does not undermine the right to vote and to stand for election. It simply gives effect to that right and underscores the decentralised and local nature of municipal elections.

Ngcobo CJ
Electoral Commission of the Republic of South Africa v Inkatha Freedom Party
19 April 2007

More on Judges

My slightly elaborated take in Business Day on the topic of the disciplining of judges. Since talking on this topic yesterday on RSG, I had interesting correspondence from Judge Louis Harms on the topic. He suggests that there are possibly other serious problems with the proposed legislation and points to the fact that the Minister will be involved in finalising the Code of Conduct in consultation with the Chief Justice. When I have more time I will return to this topic.
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