FF+ lays charges with IEC against zuma

2011-05-13 12:58

The Freedom Front Plus is to lay a charge at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) against President Jacob Zuma about comments he made to voters in Vrischgewagt township near Delareyville.

According to media reports, Zuma said people who turned their backs on the ANC would have to face bad luck and explain themselves to their ancestors when they died, Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) leader Pieter Mulder said today. This was a clear breach of the IEC’s code of conduct, he said.

“Zuma’s actions is firstly intimidating in nature in that he fills voters with fear about the consequences of a vote for any other party than for the ANC, and secondly he abuses his position of traditional authority to influence voters to vote for the ANC,” Mulder said.

The Electoral Code of Conduct banned intimidating behaviour and any action where authority was abused to influence voters to vote in a certain way.

“This complaint against Zuma is being brought against the backdrop of various comments by Zuma and senior ANC members who regularly bombard voters with religious messages and comparisons with the Christian Trinity Godhead. This behaviour is for the majority of Christians, including the FF Plus, offensive and could be seen as blasphemous. It is indicative of the ANC’s desperateness to gain votes and retain votes in the forthcoming election.”

The ANC’s actions were a consequence of a governing party becoming too strong, the party said. The same would happen if any other party came to power on its own and had to represent all the other different groups and views.

“Coalition politics where more than one party govern together holds the advantage of more checks and balances against the abuse of power,” Mulder said.

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