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Only three of the Political Parties contesting the THA election signed the Code of Ethical Political Conduct

Only three of the Political Parties contesting the THA election signed the Code of Ethical Political Conduct

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Progressive Democratic Patriots, led by Watson Duke

Two weeks before going to the polls, the leaders of only three of the Political Parties contesting the Tobago House of Assembly Elections on January 23rd will sign the Code of Ethical Political Conduct.

The signing will take place this morning.

The Council for Responsible Political Behaviour says, Eudine Job-Davis of the Movement for Transformation and Christlyn Moore of the Tobago

Forwards will join with the leader of the Tobago Council for the People’s National Movement, Kelvin Charles, in signing the Code to ensure that the campaign in the THA elections is kept at a standard of which all Tobagonians can be proud.

Noticeably absent from the list is the Progressive Democratic Patriots, led by Watson Duke.

News Power Now reached out Mr Duke on signing the agreement but he deferred comment.

Among the commitments within the Code are that political parties should maintain the highest moral principles and ethical standards, promoting and enforcing respect, tolerance, harmony and peace.

The Code also prescribes obedience to the law while upholding the integrity of the electoral process.

The Code prohibits the offer of inducements to voters, threatening persons’ jobs, abuse of power and office, making defamatory allegations, use of language that intimidates candidates, incites violence and fosters hatred and divisiveness, among other things.

Officials of political parties are responsible for ensuring that their respective organizations abide by the Code.

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