Elections 'won't be marred by violence'

2010-11-18 14:36
Durban - The upcoming local government elections will be held under conditions in which people can cast their votes without any fear, KwaZulu-Natal's co-operative governance MEC said on Thursday.

"There is very little fear of an outbreak of violence as a result of an election outcome," said Nomusa Dube.

She was speaking during a workshop on political tolerance in Durban on Thursday morning organised by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

The workshop was attended by IEC officials, representatives of the political parties and traditional leaders, and it was aimed at preaching tolerance ahead of the elections.

Dube said disturbances that occurred in other parts of the province had done little to impact adversely on the hosting and the outcome of the elections in general.

Reporters were not allowed to listen to the National Intelligence Agency and police presentations.

Dube said her department believed the elections would be held under conditions which would allow people to cast their votes without any fear.

"It will be important that those leaders who have not been re-elected should accept the fate with humility and view it as a symbol of the functionality of our democracy," she said.

She said ward committees would be formed immediately after the elections.

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