Election observers want political parties to tone down campaign rhetoric

The Electoral Code of Conduct Observer Commission has called on politicians to town down on campaign rhetoric.

In its statement, the commission says a free and fair election is not determined by only what happens on election day. While campaigning is fundamental to any election, character assassination is as devastating as physical violence.

John Maytham spoke to commission chairperson Archbishop Thabo Makgoba about why they felt the need to speak up.

We have to shout from the rooftops so that the message can get through to the politicians.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Chairperson- Electoral Code of Conduct Observer Commission

If the rhetoric is negative and counterproductive in terms of our body politic or where we hope the nation will go, then we must speak up.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Chairperson- Electoral Code of Conduct Observer Commission

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