The Democracy Development Program hosted a Political Parties Briefing on Friday May 27, at Maharani Hotel. The purpose of the briefing was to introduce DDP’s Local Government Elections program to political parties in order to solicit their input and ensure an inclusive participatory mechanism for parties and society. The program involves holding dialogues in various communities about the upcoming local government elections on August 3.
There were 11 political parties that attended the briefing including the African National Congress (ANC), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), African Independent Congress (AIC) and others.
Party representatives engaged on how their parties are to relate to each other, DDP and society to ensure that community dialogues leading up to the elections are successful for all involved. The party representatives signed Commitment Letters that were committing them to:
- Participate fully in the DDP Political Party Debates
- Be presented at all events in which they are called upon to attend or send a representative.
- Observe a mutually agreed upon decorum about the partnership and collective responsibility of ensuring dialogues are not disrupted by party supporters.
DDP executive director Dr Rama Naidu highlighted the role of DDP and political parties in educating citizens about their work through constructive dialogues with citizens.
DDP Program Coordinator Sthembiso Madlala was master of ceremonies on the day