South Africa: Independent Electoral Commission Act

Updated October 1998

The Independent Electoral Commission Act 150 of 1993 established the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and fixed its composition, powers, duties, administrative structure and financial accountability. Broadly, it established a politically and financially independent panel of reputable persons to assume responsibility for the planning and administration of South Africa's first democratic election. The same body also assessed whether the election was free and fair. The IEC was responsible inter alia, for the following:

  • Selection of Commissioners.
  • Conduct of Commissioners;
  • Structuring of the IEC;
  • Staffing of the IEC; and
  • Formulating various regulations.

The Act was amended once in 1993 and twice in 1994, and was subsequently repealed, but was replaced by the Electoral Commission Act, 51 of 1996.


IEC 1994 Report of the Independent Electoral Commission: The South African Elections of April 1994, Johannesburg, 8-18.