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Brigalia Bam, Former IEC Chairperson, Explains Why She Penned Her Autobiography

Democracy, More than Just ElectionsBrigalia Bam, former Independent Electoral Commission chairperson, was recently interviewed by Dumisane Lubisi for News24 about her recently published autobiography Democracy, More than Just Elections.

Bam’s interview was a few hours before her book launch. She said she was a little nervous for the launch, saying: “people might ask me difficult questions, which I want to make sure I answer”.

She goes on to explain why she wrote the book and what she hopes readers will take away from her story and the lessons she learned at the helm of the South African electoral process.

Read the interview:

Why write the book now?

My biography was my major preoccupation in the beginning, and we had to get that done.

It never occurred to me that I should write a book on elections. It was not my idea, but that of Rich Mkhondo, who had worked with us for a very long time. The idea was very much supported by the publishers. It was his idea because he loves elections – anything that has to do with elections he writes about – and he was also a speech writer at the Electoral Commission. So, with that enthusiasm on his part, we started on the book.

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