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Political parties cautioned against violating code of conduct

The EFF says if they don't win those municipalities, they will be in a position to form a coalition government with whichever party that they may agree with. Picture:SABC

Political parties must adhere to the Electoral Code of Conduct. Picture:SABC

Western Cape Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chief, Courtney Sampson, has cautioned political parties against violating the Electoral Code of Conduct. He was addressing representatives of various political parties taking part in the August local government elections in Cape Town.

Political parties gathered in Century City to sign the electoral code of conduct. Sampson says party leaders must respect one another.

According to the code, parties or candidates are required to speak out against political violence, threats against other parties, the IEC, members of the public and the media.

It is also important for political parties to be careful not to make statements that could endanger journalists or particular media organisations.

Political parties must also  respect the right of women to communicate freely with parties and candidates and ensure the free access of women to all.

  • Read the full Electoral Code of Conduct here.

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