Parties sign code of conduct

2019-04-17 06:02
An unidentified youngster, approximately 12 years old, dashing of on Thursday (11/04) with an election poster of the Congress of the People (Cope) which he took from a pole in Moshoeshoe Road. No-one discouraged his action, and he walked off, disappearing into Jonga Street in Phahameng. Photo: Teboho Setena

An unidentified youngster, approximately 12 years old, dashing of on Thursday (11/04) with an election poster of the Congress of the People (Cope) which he took from a pole in Moshoeshoe Road. No-one discouraged his action, and he walked off, disappearing into Jonga Street in Phahameng. Photo: Teboho Setena

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The 28 political parties in the Free State that have registered to contest the 2019 provincial and national elections, have signed the Code of Conduct.

The 28 parties signed to adhere to the Elec­toral Code of Conduct at a ceremony in Bloemfontein on Friday (12/04).

The Code of Conduct aims to promote “conditions that are conducive to free and fair elections” and that create a climate of tolerance, free political campaigning and open public debate.

According to the Electoral Commission (IEC) in the province, it is the first time that over 20 parties have registered in the Free State to contest elections.

The Free State reportedly now has the largest number of registered parties who will contest on 8 May during the sixth election since the dawn of democracy in South Africa in 1994.

  • According to the rules of the Electoral Code of Conduct parties and candidates must: Speak out against political violence and threats against other parties, the IEC, members of the public and the media.) Let the authorities know about planned marches or rallies.) Communicate with other political parties about planned political events.) Recognise the authority of the IEC.) Work with the IEC structures and allow them to perform their duties.) Work with the police in their investigation of election crime and violence.) Accept the results of the election or challenge the result in court.

The Code of Conduct also discourages among other the use of language that provokes and the destroying, removing or defacing of posters of other parties.

Itumeleng Liba, manager of electoral operations of the IEC, said 11 new parties were formed ahead of this year’s elections.

The 28 parties will contest to get the votes of the 1,4 million voters registered for the election.

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