Political parties warned ahead of local government elections

2016-07-08 06:00
 Photo: supplied Political party members who are to contest at Umzimkhulu.

Photo: supplied Political party members who are to contest at Umzimkhulu.

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PREPARATIONS ahead of the 3 August local government­ elections are in full swing and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has warned political parties to keep their distance from each other during election campaigns.

Harry Gwala IEC regional manager, Simon Lingani, told Fever that political campaigns are forging ahead without intimidation in Harry Gwala.
On Wednesday an election code of conduct was signed by seven political parties and two independent candidates who are to contest at Umzimkhulu.

The area has 22 Wards with 93 000 people registered for the elections.

Lingani said parties that are going to contest for elections should not book a hall during election­ campaigns if it has already been booked.

“If a hall is booked by a party, the other one should not book that hall, this to avoid political pressure from party supporters. IEC wants free and fair elections.”

Lingani said there is no political intolerance at Umzimkhulu and for now there are 156 voting stations.

“IEC has employed 130 000 workers to assist during elections. SAPS have vowed to keep our voting stations safe.”

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