The Constitutional Court judgment has revealed a keen appreciation of the limits of state institutions.
After the elections any party unhappy with the outcome need only quote the Constitutional Court to suggest that there had been some funny business.
There were allegations that the IEC were biased towards the ANC; truth is that the dereliction is an even-handed disservice to all.
An alleged murderer, endorsed by the Gauteng safety MEC, is just one of 28 candidates who have criminal records or are facing charges.
The IEC’s convoluted legal position means it could leave municipal by-elections free to be stolen, writes Phillip de Wet.
Jacob Zuma has announced the date of municipal elections, while the IEC has appealed to South Africans for a smooth registration weekend this week.
Despite a good turnout, the numbers are still well below a 10th of the estimated nine million people thought eligible but unregistered.
A Concourt decision to set aside the by-elections results in Tlokwe has left opposition parties questioning the motives of both the ANC and IEC.
The parliamentary opposition perceives Mashinini as being too close to the president and thus finds his appointment worrying.
After the public protector found a procurement process "grossly irregular", a company is suing the IEC for damages for not being awarded the contract.
Tlakula's successor must be committed to placing the interests of the country ahead of personal or partisan considerations.
Facts about Pansy Tlakula's role in the botched IEC lease deal spun wildly out of control. Tlakula clarifies the facts in this exclusive interview.
Pansy Tlakula has handed in her resignation over a botched leasing deal, leaving a vacuum at the top of the Independent Electoral Commission.
The Independent Electoral Commission has not groomed a successor to Pansy Tlakula and the parties want someone who can be trusted to be objective.
Forget the botched lease deal. This is the story of the botched career of a woman who could have been great, writes Verashni Pillay.
IEC chairperson Pansy Thakula has applied to the Constitutional Court against her proposed dismissal, which followed a public protector report.
President Jacob Zuma has granted IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula's request for a special leave of absence.
The Independent Electoral Commission has weathered a storm of criticism to declare the 2014 elections free and fair.