JOHANNESBURG. — A total of 49 South African political parties on Wednesday signed a pledge to conduct themselves according to the law as they campaign and prepare for the May 8 elections.
The pledge was signed in Johannesburg under the guidance of the country’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
The political parties pledged to not use improper language in their campaigns.
“By appending our signature to this Electoral Code of Conduct, we are signalling our resolve to work with all parties and all South Africans to build a strong, dynamic and durable democracy,” said Cyril Ramaphosa, president of the African National Congress.
Ramaphosa said free, fair and peaceful elections are essential to a vibrant and healthy democracy.
The African Renaissance Unity (ARU) promised to campaign fairly and respect others.
ARU President Brayce Mthimkhulu said, “We will respect the people of South Africa, and this will make the country successful.”
The leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane, also promised to respect the law in campaigning for the elections.
The Independent Electoral Commission called on all political parties to adhere to the code of conduct.
IEC chief elections officer Sly Mamabolo said the ceremony on Wednesday is in compliance with the Electoral Act that requires contesting political parties for national and provincial elections to publicly commit to upholding the provisions and the purpose of the code of conduct.
“I hope all parties will abide by the code,” he said. – Xinhua