IEC urges parties to abide by Election Code of Conduct
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:38:01
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has urged political parties to play their role in ensuring that coming Local Government Elections are free and fair.
Political parties in Mpumalanga signed the Election Code of Conduct in White River on Tuesday. Thirty six political parties made a commitment to adhere to the Election Code of Conduct.
Mpumalanga African National Congress (ANC) chairperson David Mabuza says, “As the ANC in Mpumalanga, we want to assure everybody that we will adhere to the code of conduct and ensure that elections are free and fair.”
Democratic Alliance (DA)’s leader in Mpumalanga‚ James Masango says‚ “We will definitely make sure that we abide by the code, but we are concerned that there are still incidents of intimidation and burning of our posters.”
Mpumalanga leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Collen Sedibe says, “We have noted that there are incidents of intimidation in some areas but as a peace loving organisation, we commit to free and fair elections.”
Small political parties also hope to have a slice of the votes.
Founder of Ubuntu Party Michael Tellinger says, “It is important that we abide by the code that will ensure that we have a peaceful country and we can all be happy with the elections outcome.”
The IEC is pulling out all the stops to deliver free and fair elections.
IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini says, “We are doing everything possible to make sure that the elections are free and fair, that is why we are calling on all the political parties to work together with us.”
All 21 municipalities in Mpumalanga are currently run by the ANC.