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CHAPTER SEVEN

CHAPTER SEVEN

REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE

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Basic requirements for political parties

Part 3–Political Parties

  1. Every political party shall–

    1. have a national character as prescribed by an Act of Parliament;

    2. have a democratically elected governing body;

    3. promote and uphold national unity;

    4. abide by the democratic principles of good governance, promote and practise democracy through regular, fair and free elections within the party;

    5. respect the right of all persons to participate in the political process, including minorities and marginalised groups;

    6. respect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms, and gender equality and equity;

    7. promote the objects and principles of this Constitution and the rule of law; and

    8. subscribe to and observe the code of conduct for political parties.

  2. A political party shall not–

    1. be founded on a religious, linguistic, racial, ethnic, gender or regional basis or seek to engage in advocacy of hatred on any such basis;

    2. engage in or encourage violence by, or intimidation of, its members, supporters, opponents or any other person;

    3. establish or maintain a paramilitary force, militia or similar organisation;

    4. engage in bribery or other forms of corruption; or

    5. except as is provided under this Chapter or by an Act of Parliament, accept or use public resources to promote its interests or its candidates in elections.

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Legislation on political parties

  1. Parliament shall enact legislation to provide for–

    1. the reasonable and equitable allocation of airtime, by State-owned and other specified categories of broadcasting media, to political parties either generally or during election campaigns;

    2. the regulation of freedom to broadcast in order to ensure fair election campaigning;

    3. the regulation of political parties;

    4. the roles and functions of political parties;

    5. the registration and supervision of political parties;

    6. the establishment and management of a political parties fund;

    7. the accounts and audit of political parties;

    8. restrictions on the use of public resources to promote the interests of political parties; and

    9. any other matters necessary for the management of politcal parties.


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