Political parties pledge to abide by Electoral Code of Conduct

Political parties pledge to abide by Electoral Code of Conduct

Thirteen parties represented in Parliament have signed a pledge that they'll abide by the rules of the Electoral Code of Conduct with 78 days to go until the local government elections.

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The code exists to ensure that all elections are free and fair and aims to create a climate of tolerance and free political campaigning ahead of elections.

The parties committed themselves, candidates and members to abide by the code of conduct.

Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, Glen Mashinini said the code of conduct sets out the rules of the game.

"Like any contestation, can you imagine a World Cup final without the Fifa rules? The Electoral Act requires that the Code of Conduct must be subscribed to by all parties and candidates before they may be allowed to contest the election," Mashini said.

Signing on behalf the ANC, President Jacob Zuma called on all parties to respect the result of the elections in August. 

"No advantage will be given to any, we canvass and participate equally as equal parties. Those who will win...we'll congratulate them, but we will also congratulate those who would not win for participating," Zuma said.

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