Parties commit themselves to clean KZN elections

2011-03-18 00:00

ALL KwaZulu-Natal political parties participating in the upcoming local government elections on May 18 yesterday pledged to adhere to the Electoral Code of Conduct by signing on behalf of their parties.

They committed themselves to free and fair elections that are not marred by violence and intimidation at a function organised by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), held at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.

IEC chief electoral officer, advocate Pansy Tlakula, said: “We have 61 days to go before the actual date of the local government elections; free and fair elections should be something that begins now until the day of voting.”

She said the commission hopes that the upcoming elections will be declared free and fair just like the previous elections, and that it promotes a government that the voters can trust.

She said the IEC code promoted tolerance of democratic political activity, free political campaigning and open public debate.

Tlakula said every registered party and every candidate must comply with this code, adding that infringement of the code is a serious matter with political parties guilty of contravening the code to be fined with up to R200 000 and office bearers fined or sentenced to 10 years in jail.

KZN Premier and ANC provincial hairperson, Dr Zweli Mkhize said they have fought to eliminate no-go areas in KZN.

“From us [the ANC] the whole machinery is in full swing as we have consulted all MECs to be ready … to ensure that we have free and fair elections,” added Mkhize.

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