Dr Nomsa Masuku
Dr Nomsa Masuku is an academic, activist and educator who currently is appointed as the Electoral Commission’s Deputy Chief Electoral Officer responsible for Outreach. She previously headed Standard Bank’s Corporate Social Investment Unit. Before joining Standard Bank, Dr Masuku spent eight years working for the Electoral Commission of South Africa, where her portfolio included the strategic development of programmes that assisted the Commission in contributing to the entrenchment of constitutional democracy – including overseeing the provision and promotion of voter and balloting education.
Dr Masuku has a PhD in Applied English Linguistics from the University of Birmingham, UK. She has taught at university level. She has also worked with a number of women’s groups including Women and the Law in South Africa, and the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse.
Dr Masuku has a varied and eclectic range of interests including education, development issues, democracy and governance, policy development and implementation, and the personal development of women professionals.
Dr Masuku was named the top Strategic Leadership Programme (SLP) student for 2005, an initiative of the International Women’s Forum South Africa run in partnership with the Gordon Institute of Business Science.
Outreach informs and educates the public on democracy and electoral processes, conducts research on the latest developments in elections and democracy, and manages the communication activities of the Electoral Commission.
Civic Education, Research and Knowledge Management Department
This department aims to encourage citizen participation by providing continuous education, and to broaden the IEC's research agenda, issue publications and preserve institutional memory. It also provides strategic and thought leadership in the electoral sphere and places the organisation at the forefront of the discourse on electoral democracy,
The Communication Department aims to increase the visibility of the IEC through proactive consultation, effective communication and presence. It also strives to position the Electoral Commission as a continuously improving organisation through ongoing interaction and liaison with relevant international stakeholders.