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IEC: Political parties, community groups must come to the table to end unrest

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says that ensuring free and fair elections in August is a joint responsibility.

The commission says that political parties and community based groups need to assist in stabilising tensions and quelling violent protests ahead of the municipal elections in August.

According to IEC's deputy chair Terry Tselane, officials will address the measures for political parties who violate the commission's code of conduct.

It's not solely the responsibility of the commission. It requires the efforts of other parties... Political party leaders must begin to intervene.

Terry Tselane, Deputy Chair person at the IEC

Tselane explains that the commission has established conflict management panels to help control the conditions within troubled communities.

If this situation is not arrested, it has the potential to make running free and fair elections extremely difficult.

Terry Tselane, Deputy Chair person at the IEC

Tselane adds that if communities are dissatisfied with party candidate lists, they must make their views known through the ballot paper.

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