Tlokwe parties, candidates sign code of conduct for by-elections

2016-01-12 15:00
ANC supporters in Tlokwe. (Linda de Beer, Beeld)

ANC supporters in Tlokwe. (Linda de Beer, Beeld)

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Potchefstroom - Political parties and independent candidates contesting the Tlokwe by-elections next month have signed a code of conduct pledging to campaign without intimidation.

The Constitutional Court set aside the by-elections which took place in the area in 2013 and ordered that they be rerun.

The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said six political parties and eight independent candidates met in Potchefstroom on Tuesday to sign a pledge. The parties are the ANC, DA, Cope, EFF, ACDP, and FF Plus.

"This spirit of co-operation is exactly what it is behind free and fair elections and the code of conduct," IEC vice chairperson Terry Tselane said.

"We are cognisant of the fact that such an election can only be possible if the environment is conducive. Critical factors that make this possible are peace, stability and political tolerance."

This was the responsibility of all parties involved in an election. The by-elections would be held on February 24.

Last year, the Constitutional Court set aside the by-elections conducted on September 12 2013 in ward 18, and on December 10 2013 in wards one, four, 11, 12, 13, and 20.

The applicants were eight independent candidates who had contested the by-elections. The ANC won all but one of the contested wards.

In the judgment, the court said no political party was found to have been involved in the irregularities, and it did not mean the independents or the DA would have won the by-elections.

The chief electoral officer would certify the voters’ roll on January 28 and candidate nominations would close on February 1 at 17:00, the IEC said.

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