Idasa: Concerns over vote buying

2011-05-06 00:00

DEMOCRACY institute Idasa is the latest organisation to express concern over reports of vote buying and the improper use of state resources to influence electoral choices and support of voters.

Idasa has been monitoring the situation and noted the following reports:

• In KZN voters received paraffin gel stoves in exchange for signing petitions indicating their electoral support.

• Also in KZN, in Emnambithi Municipality ward 20 food parcels were handed out to voters in exchange for votes while some voters were allegedly promised jobs in the municipality.

• Voters in Capricorn Municipality, Limpopo, have been given five-month contracts under the expanded public works programme in exchange for electoral support.

The organisation warns parties that the Electoral Code of Conduct is very specific about such practices and states that no person may offer any inducement or reward to another to join or not join a party, to attend campaign gatherings or to vote, or not, in a particular way.

— Witness Reporter.





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