Political parties vow to abide by Electoral Code of Conduct

2021-Oct-11   08:36

Political parties vow to abide by Electoral Code of Conduct

- Silver Sibiya

Political parties contesting the local government elections have vowed to abide by the Electoral Code of Conduct. They signed the code in Nasrec, Johannesburg, on Friday.

ANC Treasurer General, Paul Mashatile, said the party will accept any election results.

“When we win an election we want to know that we we’ve earned that victory on the basis of informed and free choice by the people of South Africa.  When we lose as we have done in provincial and in number of local elections, we also want to know that we can trust the results and respect them,” he said.

Mashatile said this should be because it's the choice of the people.

African Transformation Movement (ATM) Gauteng Provincial Chairperson, Danny Thopane, said his party would encourage its members, candidates and supporters to ensure that elections are free and fair.

“We encourage our members, candidates and those who support us to make sure these elections are free and fair, free of intimidation, violence and anything that is untoward Constitutional values,” he said.

Congress of the people (Cope) President, Mosiuoa Lekota, said political parties shouldn’t use any methods that may threaten the peace and prosperity of the country.

Action SA President, Herman Mashaba, said voters should take their responsibility to vote seriously.

“We as Action SA, we are committed to working with the IEC [Independent Electoral Commission] to ensure that every eligible South African can exercise their Constitutional right to vote for the party that is the chosen vehicle for realizing their highest dreams and aspirations,” he said after signing the pledge.


The parties pledged their commitment to the Code of Conduct and to ensure that their candidates, members and supporters conduct themselves in a manner that is in line with free and fair elections.



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