Thursday 2 July, 2020

Mind your political conduct: Council begins monitoring activities

The Council for Responsible Political Behaviour has put all political parties, candidates and their supporters on notice as it begins its monitoring activities to evaluate political conduct with the general election fast approaching.

The Council warned that any infringements of the Code of Ethical Political Conduct from now, until the end of the election period, will be cited and brought to the attention of the national community.

The public can also bring any instances of possible infractions of the Code to the Council’s attention.

The Council noted that the 2020 General Election is due to be held before December 23, 2020 and political parties have already begun campaigning.

Further, it said the election will be conducted in the midst of a pandemic, coupled with a worldwide movement to end racism and inequality.

The Council said while citizens have lived in peace, harmony and understanding, notwithstanding ethnic and cultural differences, the first section of the Code of Ethical Political Conduct entitled ‘Commitment’ challenges all persons engaging in the election campaign to commit to:

1. Maintaining the highest moral principles and ethical standards with respect to their conduct.

2. Promoting and enforcing respect, tolerance, harmony and peace amongst their supporters and the general public.

3. Refraining from practices that promote divisiveness in the Society and commit to the removal of any structures (behavioural, cultural, social or organisational) which reinforce divisiveness.

4. Confining their criticism of other political parties to policies and programmes, past record and work.

5. Upholding the integrity of the electoral process.

6. Ensuring that their conduct is above reproach.

The Council took note of recent utterances made just before the start of its monitoring which undermine these commitments.

In furtherance of its monitoring activities, the Council invites citizens to visit its website www.politicalethicstt.org to view the Code in its entirety.

Reports of possible violations of the Code can be emailed to the Council at info@politicalethicstt.org.

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