Electoral Commission on allegations of potential breaches of Electoral Code of Conduct in 2016 Municipal Elections

Allegations of potential breaches of the Electoral Code of Conduct in the 2016 Municipal Elections

The Electoral Commission has noted media reports of an alleged covert communication campaign during 2016 Municipal Elections which allegedly included the production and distribution of fake posters and other alleged misinformation tactics intended to discredit other parties or candidates.

The Electoral Commission has also noted that the political party implicated has strongly denied that there is any substance to these allegations.

These claims are contained in sworn affidavits which form part of an active civil court case and the Electoral Commission believes that this legal process should be allowed to be concluded and that it would be premature to comment on such allegations.

Should circumstances require the Electoral Commission to take any further action it will not hesitate to discharge its duties and obligations.

Source: Government of South Africa