Within the life of our loud and rambunctious democracy, the rules that most countries obey are often ignored. But there are some that still matter; that matter to all of us. And those are mediated, in the end, by the Independent Electoral Commission. Up until this point, it’s been an institution seen as so important, and so critical to our democracy, that there has generally been some sort of consensus on who should be a part of it, with the net result of being a highly respected part of our political framework. The headlines are now screaming two separate and unrelated developments: A ‘Zuma man’ is being nominated as a new commissioner, and an ‘independent member’ is resigning. The truth is, it is probably too early for panic – for now. By STEPHEN GROOTES.