BY REGINALD KANYANE
MAHIKENG- ALL 30 political contesting in the 2016 local government elections in North West signed the electoral pledge at Mmabatho Convention Centre in Mahikeng on Tuesday.
The parties committed to abide by the provisions of the electoral code of conduct.
ANC provincial chairperson, Supra Mahumapelo said they signed the pledge and will abide by the rules and regulations governing elections.
“As the provincial government and ANC-led government, we support the notion. We will make sure the elections run smoothly with no hindrances. We support fair and free elections.
“We have entrusted IEC and we believe is the independent body. We will make sure the integrity of the authority is protected and restored. It is one of the most important institutions in our country,” Mahumapelo said.
Electoral Commission national chairperson, Glen Mashinini said all political parties and candidates are required to subscribe to the code of conduct before they can contest elections.
“The code of conduct is about the rule of law. We call on all parties to ensure that they take reasonable steps to ensure that candidates, members, officials and supporters comply with the rules of the game.
“We embrace the maturing and deepening of our democracy. Therefore, we proudly relish the advancement of our nationhood ideal that remains enshrined in our hearts,” he said.
Mashinini added that they remind all political parties that they are allowed to contest elections vigorously and vibrantly. He said they need to respect the rights of others at all times.
South African Police Services, Major General Patrick Asaneng vowed to deliver safe and secure local government elections in the province.
“We are ready as the SAPS to support IEC in delivering safe and secure elections. We urge all political parties to have tolerance towards each other,” he said.
Democratic Alliance provincial leader, Joe McGluwa said they have signed the IEC’s code of conduct to pledge for the upcoming local government elections. The elections will be staged on August 3.
“We are excited to be part of this historic moment. South Africa is in a young democracy as a country. We recently announced that for the first time ever, the DA will be contesting all the wards and municipalities within the province. “We want to bring change that will move this province forward. The pledge we signed today calls for free and fair elections. It calls on all participating political parties to practice a culture of tolerance and peace,” McGluwa said.
EFF provincial leader, Betty Diale also shared the same sentiments. She said EFF is ready for local government elections and will abide to IEC rules and regulations.
“We are very adamant that EFF will change the landscape of the politics on August 3. We support and adhere to the rules and regulations of IEC. We give the authority unwavering support towards fair, honest and free elections,” Diale said.
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