National 26.7.2016 12:37 pm

IFP calls on parties to abide by electoral pledge

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Much of the violence is believed to be related to rivalry over candidate nominations for the upcoming local government elections.

The party’s national chairman Blessed Gwala said in a statement on Tuesday that there was an urgent need to respect voters.

“If other political parties fail to honour their pledge they will be making a mockery of our democracy. We have all got a responsibility to conduct ourselves in a responsible and lawful manner and don’t incite violence.”

The electoral pledge that was taken by the leadership of all the parties in the province on June 9 included a promise not to indulge in violence.

The province has seen a number of killings over the past few months, which have left at least 10 African National Congress members dead as well as a member of the National Freedom Party and two Inkatha Freedom party members.

Much of the violence is believed to be related to rivalry over the nomination of candidates for the upcoming local government elections.

However, the two IFP members that were gunned down in uMtshezi (Estcourt) were allegedly shot by people wearing ANC T-shirts.

“We call on the IEC to ensure that there are consequences for those who don’t adhere to the electoral code of conduct. When acts of violence or intimidation take place, it is a direct challenge to the IEC and the police services as perpetrators of such violence are testing the resolve of the IEC to ensure that there are free and fair elections,” said Gwala.

In many of the killings there have yet to be any arrests.

“The IFP urges all political party leaders to call on their leaders at grassroots level and on their supporters to uphold and defend the electoral code of conduct. All parties must contest elections vigorously and vibrantly, but at all times respect the rights of others. The IFP further encourages its members and supporters to be tolerant and campaign for victory,” said Gwala.

Comment could not immediately be obtained from the province’s chief electoral officer Mawethu Mosery.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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