The Electoral Commission has confirmed that former Tshwane MMC Sheila Senkubuge was verified as a citizen and thus placed on the voter’s roll. It is on this basis that she was able to contest as a candidate in the 2016 general elections of municipal councils,” the electoral body said in a statement.
This comes after a private citizen laid charges against Senkubuge questioning whether she was eligible to hold a council seat.
The citizen claimed that Senkubuge initially held permanent residency at the time of her appointment, before she became a naturalised citizen.
IEC clarified that the department of home affairs is the custodian of the country’s citizenship while the electoral body is responsible for compiling and maintaining the voters roll.