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No signing may have negative impact: IEC

Only half of the registered parties in Polokwane turned up to sign the Independent Electoral Code of Conduct at the IEC centre. Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) is part of the present parties that refused to sign the commitment of the IEC.

The Independent Electoral Commission in Limpopo says it is ready for the elections. But it was not all smooth sailing when it came to the signing of the electoral code of conduct.

About 27 of the 56 political parties contesting the 1 376 seats didn’t turn up. After the Western Cape, Limpopo has the second highest number of political parties registered to contest the elections. 

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Glen Mashinini says they accepted that there is an error and when it is corrected, parties will be given opportunity to sign.   

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi signed on behalf of the African National Congress (ANC).

“We will be a responsible government and we will become pillars to support democracy.”

A decision by other parties not to sign may have a negative impact in processes going forward.

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