As parties and candidates close campaigns today with rallies, motorcades and walkabouts, Council for Responsible Political Behaviour chairman Dr Bishnu Ragoonath, has reminded all to cooperate with police and uphold a commitment in Code of Ethical Political Conduct.
This is to promote and enforce respect, tolerance, harmony and peace amongst their supporters and the general public during the campaign, the elections and in the post-election period by being positive role models.
Ragoonath added, “The Council notes that during the campaign there were some lapses with respect to the Code. The most common indiscretion lay with the use of language which, at times, bordered on promoting divisiveness and even encouraging hatred and resentment. Alongside the challenge of appropriate language, were instances whereupon respect, tolerance, peace and harmony were not upheld by parties, candidates and supporters. Also, questions remain on the improper use of inducements.”
“As election day approaches, all citizens must be allowed to go about their lawful business without restriction, harassment or intimidation. All public and private property rights must be respected.
He added, “Our democracy will win once elections are conducted freely, fairly and peacefully, and when citizens are encouraged to participate in the electoral process whilst upholding their right to make political choices.”
After the election Ragoonath said candidates must remember the environment must be protected, and all campaign advertisements should be removed forthwith.