IFP launches election manifesto

2011-04-02 14:42

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has officially launched its manifesto for the May 18 local government elections at a campaign rally in Lindelani township north of Durban.

The manifesto, like the party’s campaign, is focused on the theme “It’s about you” and is aimed at convincing voters that IFP is serious about using taxpayers’ money more effectively than the ruling party and capable of providing candidates committed to working with those who vote for them.

The manifesto argues that voters are more important than those represent them.

“This election is about you! You have the power to bring about change in your life, the lives of your family, friends and neighbours. Vote for the party that will deliver for you,” it says.

The manifesto commits the IFP to government that is open, efficient and works with communities at local level.

It also commits the IFP-run municipalities to providing open access to information about municipal contracts, tenders and spending.

“We will stop waste, mismanagement and corruption; will prioritise spending on infrastructure and basic services; and block any bonuses for managers which are not earned through real performance,” the manifesto reads.

It also contains a pledge, signed by all IFP councillors, to provide high quality service and ethical behaviour.

“We will strictly enforce this and will fire those who fail to comply,” it says.

It commits every IFP councillor to:
» Be a person of integrity;
» Be open with voters;
» Be fair with voters;
» Include voters in decision-making;
» Be accountable to voters;
» Be available to voters at all times;
» Take voter concerns seriously;
» Treat voters with dignity and respect; and
» Work for voters and with voters.

It adds that the party has established a hotline at its head office in Durban to take complaints about the behaviour and performance of IFP councillors.

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