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UDM calls for end to risky staff training sessions at IEC

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The UDM has expressed concern over claims that the IEC is forcing its staff to engage in face-to-face training sessions, calling on the commission to end these high-risk sessions.

On Tuesday, 6 July 2021, the leader of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), Bantu Holomisa wrote to the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Glen Mashinini. This was after the letter written by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the IEC, raising concerns over the alleged face-to-face training of staff at the IEC, while the country is in Alert Level 4 lockdown.

In his post, Holomisa claimed that the IEC is forcing its staff to engage in face-to-face training, despite the country being under Level 4 lockdown restrictions amidst the third wave of COVID-19 infections, and has stated that the UDM has found these actions by the IEC to be quite baffling. Holomisa warned the IEC that it held correspondence from NEHAWU, sent to the IEC, with no response from the commission to date.

The UDM also called on the IEC to stop these face-to-face training sessions until President Ramaphosa lifts gathering restrictions, emphasizing that they are in violation of the regulations. According to the UDM, the sessions constitute as gatherings that are putting the lives of staff at high risk of infection and death. UDM expects the CEO of the IEC, Sy Mamabolo to comply.

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