The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has strongly condemned the violent protests and political intimidation in Gauteng ahead of the municipal election in August.
#IEC Mashinini: Violence, intimidation,destruction of property &intolerance have no place in a country with a Constitution based on respect— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) June 22, 2016
The commission held a ceremony were Gauteng's provincial party leaders signed a peace pledge.
EWN's Ziyanda Ngcobo reports that the IEC has called on political leaders to condemn acts of political intimidation and behavior that undermines free and fair elections.
The commission is concerned that the recent spate of violence has characterised campaign activities.
If parties are found to be defying the IEC's code of conduct, they could face penalties or disqualification from elections.
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