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Electoral Court judge applauds parties for signing pledge

The leader of the electoral court judge Jeremiah Shongwe says he is pleased that political parties have signed the electoral code of conduct. He says it’s very important for the parties to sign the code.

“After hearing them today, I thought there may be no need for the electoral court to sit – having said what they said. The pledge that they made, promising to use the correct language, promising to do everything right. If one has to go by their word, then there will be no need for any dispute.”

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Earlier on, the IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini appealed to political party leaders to encourage tolerance and peace during campaigning for upcoming local government elections. He says it is crucial that a conducive environment for elections be created by all role players. Different political parties addressed and promised to uphold the electoral code of conduct. Mashinini says they will be a second signing ceremony where independent parties and candidates will be invited. He says as the IEC they will ensure that the elections are free and fair and will deal decisively with anyone who tries to affect the smooth running of the elections. He also urged the voters to behave well during the elections. The 2016 Municipal Elections are set to take place on August 3.
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