IEC in Appeal to Political Parties

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IEC in Appeal to Political Parties


BYLINE: Cobus Coetzee Political Writer

THE Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has warned political parties not to badmouth other parties but rather focus on their own worth.

IEC Western Cape head Courtney Sampson gave political parties a quick sermon on how they should conduct themselves in the run-up to next year's elections.

He was speaking at the Western Cape launch of the national and provincial elections in Bellville yesterday.

"What we need as South Africans is really to hear political parties talking about... their worth," he said.

Sampson said this was better than "running negative campaigns against others".

He said it was important that political parties abide by the electoral code of conduct.

"It is impossible for us to investigate everything, and who pulled off which poster when and where," he said.

Sampson's warning follows his statement earlier this month that the IEC was concerned about poor conduct by political parties during recent by-elections in the Western Cape.

He said at the time that the use of big vans driving around with big boom boxes, and the increasing size of political parties' stalls (gazebos) outside voting stations on election day were of concern.

Sampson repeated his appeal that election day should belong to the voter and not political parties.

All the heavyweights were present at the launch including provincial chairmen Marius Fransman from the ANC and Ivan Meyer from the DA, as well as the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) provincial co-ordinator Nazier Paulsen, among others. …

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