28 political parties under one roof to sign IEC code

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Representatives of 28 political parties will gather under one roof to pledge their cooperation with the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) in Bloemfontein on Friday.
The group will be made up of members of the main parties running in the upcoming General Elections along with other smaller parties in the province.
According to the Communications Officer of the IEC in the Free State, Mathabo Rasengane, parties will make a pledge by signing a code of conduct. “Political parties must commit themselves to uphold the underlying values and conduct required by the Electoral Code of Conduct, to which they hereby pledge to adhere,” said Rasengane.
The first signing of the Electoral Code of Conduct happened last month in Gauteng. The pledge is necessary in order to promote an electoral process which promotes political tolerance and democracy.
As a result parties have to pledge that they “accept that the elections require an environment wherein there is a free political activity, where all political parties are able to canvas support without fear or hindrance” as well as “recognise that democracy development in our country partly depends on the ability of voters to hear different political opinions” amongst other principles.
According to the Free State IEC there are about 42 000 registered voters in Mangaung alone while it has seen an increase of about 33 000 registrations since the last elections. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele
nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za