IEC: Penalties for rule-breaking parties

WC IEC head Courtney Sampson says parties which break rules ahead of elections will be penalised.

IEC Western Cape Electoral Officer Courtney Sampson. Picture: Trevor Davids/IEC.

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has warned there are hefty penalties for political parties caught breaking the rules in the run-up to and during the 2014 general elections.

The 26 parties contesting the 7 May polls in the Western Cape on Monday vowed to adhere to the IEC's code of conduct.

Western Cape IEC head Courtney Sampson says they want the elections to be truly free and fair.

"There will be consequences. From our side, we're ready to take people on who disrupt this process. We have to ensure that whatever happens, happens in a just way."