Political parties should not campaign on election day says Sampson

Some listeners called in to The Pippa Hudson show complaining about messages and calls they are still receiving from political parties on election day.

Reverend Courtney Sampson, Regional head of the IEC says the elections belong to the people and parties shouldn't campaign.

My personal view is that an election day belong to the voters not to the political parties.

Reverend Courtney Sampson, Western Cape provincial electoral officer

Many other countries have got an election cooling period and we don't.

Reverend Courtney Sampson, Western Cape provincial electoral officer

Sampson says a conversation needs to begin to discuss how this growing problem will be dealt with. He says too much time is spent solving squabbles between political parties at voting stations rather than dealing with logistical issues of managing an event of this magnitude.

What the politicians are doing at voting stations is tantamount to harassment says Sampson. There should be lines that are drawn.

We've had complaints of one candidate stabbing another with a car key

Reverend Courtney Sampson, Western Cape provincial electoral officer

The law is inadequate. the law simply says that on election day there cant be any marches, any mass meetings of political parties and it also says there shouldn't be any political activities within the boundaries of the voting stations...

Reverend Courtney Sampson, Western Cape provincial electoral officer

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