IEC ready for upcoming local govt elections
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:39:06
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) vice-chairperson, Terry Tselane says the election body is ready for the upcoming local government elections. He was speaking at the signing of the electoral code of conduct in East London.
42 Political parties will contest the elections in the province and more than 700 wards up for grabs.
More than 3 million people have registered to cast their vote.
Tselane has also urged political parties to tolerate each other during this time.
The Eastern Cape ANC chairperson Phumulo Masualle making a pledge during the signing of election code of conduct at the East London IDZ by political parties contesting the August 3rd election.
The parties will be contesting 31 local municipalities, six districts municipalities and two metros.
Delivering a keynote address, IEC vice-chairperson, Tselane has called on parties to respect the code of conduct they signed.
“The political environment is not surely in our capacity. As a commission a number of our partners including the have a responsibility in terms of ensuring that the environment is conducive to free and fair elections and we have some pockets of instability the killings and sorts of thongs and environment that we are going to have the elections are totally unacceptable.”
The number of independent candidates has escalated to close on 190. All the political parties have promised to uphold the code of conduct.
African Power Movement president, Zahira Tiry says, “It is extremely important that as parties as we work together with the IEC and uphold the code of conduct.”
United Resident Front, Shadrack Tshaka says, “It is indicating to the nation that we are prepared to work with IEC uphold the electoral code of conduct.”
The IEC says it has capable staff to carry out its mandate.