30 June 2016
Note to editors: The following remarks were made by Andrew Louw, MPL, provincial leader of the Northern Cape, during the signing of the IEC Code of Conduct today at the Mittah Seperepere International Convention Centre in Kimberley.
Each voter faces a choice on the 3rd of August to adhere to our constitutional obligation by ensuring the electorate vote for parties of their personal preference. It is our duty to ensure that the elections are free and fair.
There can be no electoral fraud, no political intimidation and no abuse of state resources to fund a political campaign. There has to be a politically mature environment in which parties are allowed to campaign peacefully. And, whichever way the ballots are cast, political parties must be mature enough to accept the outcomes of these elections, which will show a desire for change, without burning down the town.
It is the responsibility of everyone who loves our democracy to take ownership of these elections. We are not bystanders in our democracy. We will remain vigilant, reporting and correcting all wrong-doing, to ensure that we end up with an elected government that represents the will of the people.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Code of Conduct we sign today is provided for in the Constitution. The Democratic Alliance will always honour the Constitution in word and in deed; we therefore pledge our unconditional and wholehearted support for the Code.
Additionally, we also pledge that we will be watching very closely to ensure that the Independent Electoral Commission plays its proper Constitutional role and that there is no abuse by any political party of public money that is meant for the poor.
DA Provincial Leader in the Northern Cape
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