16 October 2015Vuma Glenton Mashinini has been appointed the chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa.The position has been vacant since the resignation of Pansy Tlakula in 2014, filled by Terry Tselane in an acting capacity in the interim. The Presidency made the announcement of Mashinini’s appointment on 14 October.Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Tlakula “guilty of gross maladministration” for the lease agreement of the IEC’s headquarters in Centurion.Mashinini was appointed as a commissioner of the IEC in April.He has previously served as a special projects adviser to President Jacob Zuma, as well as deputy chief electoral officer of the IEC from 1998 to 2001. In the latter post he was responsible for the establishment and administration of the national head office, all nine provincial electoral offices and approximately 350 municipal electoral offices.About MashininiMashinini was born on 22 January 1961 in Joburg. His family emigrated to Australia in 1980, where he studied business and commerce at Curtin University.Mashinini’s political life includes the position of race relations officer at the Curtin University Students Union, according to the SABC. “His work saw him joining the African National Congress (ANC) in Western Australia, where he co-ordinated anti-apartheid campaigns. He also worked for the Campaign Against Racial Exploitation, an Australian anti-apartheid movement.”Zuma wished Mashinini all the best in his new responsibility.The IECThe IEC is a permanent body established by the Constitution to promote and safeguard democracy in South Africa. It is a publicly funded body and while it is accountable to Parliament, it is independent of government.It was established in 1993, has five full-time commissioners, appointed by the president, whose brief is to deliver regular, free and fair elections at all levels of government – national, provincial and local.In terms of the Electoral Commission Act of 1996, the IEC has to compile and maintain the voters’ roll and it is responsible for counting, verifying and declaring the results of an election, which must be done within seven days of the close of the election.The IEC is also responsible for:Compiling and maintaining a register of parties;Undertaking and promoting research into electoral matters;Developing and promoting the development of electoral expertise and technology in all spheres of government;Continuously reviewing electoral laws and proposed electoral laws, and making recommendations; and,Promoting voter education.SouthAfrica.info reporter
As the Union Cabinet discussed a bill seeking to rein in sports bodies, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was of the view that Ministers, who included his father Farooq Abdullah, heading these should have “excused” themselves from the meeting.Omar expressed his view through a tweet on Wednesday night soon after the Cabinet rejected the National Sports Development Bill because of strong objections by ministers who have interest in sports bodies.However, within hours, the Chief Minister deleted his post from the social networking site and replaced it with a new one.”And on a different note the next time I plan to tweet on what central cabinet ministers do, someone please tell me to shut up,” he tweeted with a smiley.Padding it up, he said, “I should remember that the channels will make a story out of just about anything & that will teach me to shut up”.Farooq Abdullah, who heads the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, was among those who vociferously opposed the Bill, particularly because it sought to put a cap on age and tenure of those heading the sports bodies.”I am 73-plus but I can do so many things which younger people cannot do,” Farooq Abdullah is said to have remarked at the Cabinet meeting.
Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi warned his teammates to not let their guard down against an injury-hit AC Milan sideManager Gennaro Gattuso will be without at least nine members of his squad ahead of Sunday’s Serie A showdown with Lazio.Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli and star striker Gonzalo Higuain are among the absentees for what could be a potentially crucial game for Milan.But Acerbi will not be taking them lightly with Milan just a point behind fourth-place Lazio in the Serie A table.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I’ve already talked about it with [Gigio] Donnarumma,” said Acerbi, according to Football-Italia.“The Rossoneri have some important players out with injury, but they still have great quality and they’ll definitely come to Rome to win.“We can’t underestimate Milan, or we risk looking bad.”Sunday’s game will take place at the Stadio Olimpico with kick-off to begin at 18:00 (CET).
Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari has revealed he expects Karim Benzema to return to full fitness this weekend.Los Blancos were without Benzema, with the striker having fractured his finger in their 2-1 win at Real Betis in the LaLiga last Sunday.But Solari is hopeful that the former Olympique Lyonnais striker will be able to play when Madrid host Sevilla at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.“It is a broken little finger,” he said of Benzema’s injury, according to Goal. “We hope to have him at the weekend, and next Wednesday, and the next weekend.”Marcelo takes a dig at Santiago Solari, he prefers Zidane Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – July 20, 2019 After a terrible year under Santiago Solari, Marcelo wasn’t nice to the Argentine coach and he obviously picked Zidane above him.Last season for Marcelo…Meanwhile, Solari insists there’s no rift between him and Isco following Madrid’s 1-0 loss to Leganes in the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday night.The Spain international played 68 minutes on a rare start under Solari, before getting withdrawn for Cristo Gonzalez.Isco completed 93 per cent of his passes against Mauricio Pellegrino’s men but wasted Madrid’s best chance to score with a weak effort in front of goal.Solari has regularly been asked about his apparent lack of faith in Isco but the former Madrid reserves coach insists he has no problems with the playmaker.“There is no problem, not at all,” Solari said of Isco.
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde conceded that it was a below-par display from his side in their narrow 1-0 win over Real Valladolid in La Liga.The Catalan giants needed a first-half Lionel Messi penalty at Camp Nou on Saturday to avoid extending their winless run to four games in all competitions.However, even the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had a hard night with former Barca keeper Jordi Masip saving his second penalty kick in the second-half for Valladolid after Kiko Olivas brought down substitute Philippe Coutinho.But the Blaugrana collected a valuable win any way that sees them extend their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points for the time being with Real Madrid to play Girona later today.“In the first half, we had very little fluidity in attack and did not move the ball with the necessary speed,” said Valverde, according to Marca.“They changed their system and we were not fluent and could not circulate things quickly but their goalkeeper did well.“Some games are won like that, though, and Tuesday (against Lyon) will be another challenge for us.“I see the team as being ready to give their best now and get back to that.“Sometimes you won’t be brilliant in every game but there are four important matches coming up and we will go step by step.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The Spanish coach, who signed a new contract with Barcelona on Friday, also praised new signing Kevin Prince-Boateng and defender Gerard Pique.“Pique had a great game and I think he is doing well and he can withstand playing a lot of games which is why I stick with him,” Valverde continued.“Having retired from international football, he doesn’t have that hanging over him.“Boateng came to us a difficult time of the season and that can be tough to do when you haven’t been participating regularly and don’t know the mechanisms of the team.“He has helped us through and will do so even more.”🔝 @LaLigaEN pic.twitter.com/Tb4UBMxew9— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 16, 2019