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DA denies violating Electoral Code of Conduct

The FF+ lodged a complaint with the IEC, claiming a DA SMS & radio ad campaign was in breach of the code.

Democratic Alliance leaders leading a march on 16 June 2016. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it is not violating the Electoral Code of Conduct by warning voters that casting their ballot in favour of a smaller party will split the opposition vote against the African National Congress (ANC).

The Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) earlier today lodged a complaint with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) claiming a text message and radio ad campaign was in breach of the code.

The party has claimed that the DA is confusing and misleading voters by urging them not to waste their votes on smaller opposition parties.

The FF Plus has accused the DA of lying in its messages to voters. It's arguing that votes for smaller parties won't be wasted, because they'll be added to a party's proportional representation tally.

But the DA's James Selfe rejects this.

"That implies that the party actually gets representation. Now, of the 203 parties that are contesting this election, many will not get any representation at all. What that means is that those votes will effectively be votes for the ANC."

With the battle for big metros such as Johannesburg and Tshwane likely to come down to the wire, the DA's going all out for votes.

Selfe says voters need to understand the implications of splitting the opposition vote. He says the party is not in breach of the electoral code of conduct, as claimed by the Freedom Front Plus.