Saturday, January 15, 2011

Campaign management

Code of Conduct for Political Parties. Original document available here.

1) A party that has subscribed to this Code will –

(a) respect the right and freedom of all other parties to campaign, and to
disseminate their political ideas and principles without fear;

(b) conduct itself in a manner that respects the rights of other parties, and respects
the rights of voters and other members of the community;

(c) respect the freedom of the press; (d) use its good offices to seek to ensure
reasonable freedom of access by all parties to all potential voters; and

(e) seek to ensure that potential voters wishing to participate in related
political activities have freedom to do so.


(2) A party that has subscribed to this Code will not –

(a) harass or obstruct journalists who are engaged in their professional activities;
disrupt, destroy or frustrate the campaign efforts of any other other party;

(b) prevent the distribution of handbills and leaflets, and the display of posters,
of other parties and candidates;

(c) deface or destroy the posters of other parties and candidates;

(d) prevent any other party from holding rallies, meetings, marches or

(e) seek to prevent any person from attending the political rallies of
another party; or

(f) permit its supporters to do anything prohibited by this section.


The election process

(1) A party that has subscribed to this Code will –

(a) co-operate with election officials in order to ensure –

(i) peaceful and orderly polling, and
(ii) complete freedom for voters to exercise their franchise without being subjected to any annoyance or obstructions;

(b) ensure the safety and security of electoral officials before, during and after the polls;

(c) respect and co-operate with official or accredited election observers; and

(d) maintain and aid in maintaining the secrecy of the voting.

(2) A party that has subscribed to this Code will not –

(a) procure votes by forcible occupation of polling stations or through illegal
activities in the polling stations;

(b) interfere unjustifiably or in bad faith with the duties of election officials, disturb the process of casting or
counting of votes; or

(c) falsely assert to voters that their votes will not be secret

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