Mr VG Mashinini
Chairperson of the Electoral Commission
Private Bag X112
Dear Mr Mashinini
UDM’s CONCERN OVER THE IT SERVICE PROVIDERS EMPLOYED BY THE IEC
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is extremely concerned over the information technology (IT) service providers, and systems, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) employs to run the 2019 National and Provincial Elections.
We have, in the past, said much about the selection of these IT companies, their vetting and the security of the entire system, especially where it pertains to the capturing of results. As we stand at the door of these eminent elections, those grave concerns resurface.
We would like to establish the following:
1. Has only one IT company been appointed through a tendering process? If so, can the IEC share this information (including its name) and confirm that it has been vetted and cleared?
2. If not, how many IT companies have been appointed through a tendering process; can the IEC share this information (including their names) and tell us whether they have been vetted and cleared?
3. At which stages and levels, of the process of the capturing of results, are each of these companies involved?
Sir, it is of paramount importance that the political parties, as stakeholders in these elections, be provided with this information.
Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP
Copied to: Political parties contesting the 2019 National and Provincial Elections
Mr Sy Mamabolo, IEC Chief Electoral Officer