Jomic publishes political parties' code of conduct

HARARE - The Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee, Jomic, Harare Province, yesterday officially launched the Code of Conduct for Political Parties that spells out proper conduct of leaders and their political parties.

The Code of Conduct was already agreed by Cabinet and is an organ for National Healing.

It addresses the proper conduct of leaders who are compelled not to use hate language and addresses issues of voter buying and the use of State resources during campaigning.

According to the Code of Conduct a party will organise and conduct its political activities in a manner that contributes towards a congenial and peaceful political atmosphere at all times; and act with a sense of responsibility and dignity befitting its status.

Speakers at political rallies and political commentary in State and private print and electronic media will avoid using language that threatens or incites violence in any form against any other person or group of persons.

A party that has subscribed to this Code of Conduct will not issue, either officially or anonymously, pamphlets, newsletters or posters containing language of material that threatens or incites violence.

According to the code, a party that has subscribed to it accepts that intimidation, in any form, at any time is unacceptable, and will issue directives expressly forbidding its officials, candidates, members, proxies and supporters to intimidate any person at any time; educate their membership against violence or threats of violence, and against any acts of vandalism or public disorder committed or threatened by their officials, candidates, members or supporters and respect other persons and political parties and their property.

The leader of a party that has subscribed to this code will instruct the party’s officials, candidates, members, proxies and supporters that no weapon of any kind, including any traditional weapon, may be brought to any political rally, meeting, march or other demonstration.

The private and public media should be neutral and should not engage in hate speech.

A party that subscribes to the Code of Conduct should be part of a Code of Conduct Monitoring and Communications Committee at national provincial and district levels.

The committee shall serve as a forum for discussion of issues of common concern.

Patience Chiradza, Jomic National Coordinator said the membership of the Committees at all levels shall be: representatives of all registered political parties, a representative of the Electoral Commission, two representative of the Human Rights Commission, two representatives from Civil Society, two representatives Chiefs Council and two representatives from faith based organisations.  

The three presidents of Zimbabwe’s main political parties were represented at the launch. - Margaret Chinowaita, Community Affairs Editor

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