The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) says they will assist the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) to ensure that the upcoming elections are free and fair.

Contralesa president, Kgosi Lameck Mokoena, says traditional leaders will make sure that all areas are accessible to all political parties.

The IEC engaged with traditional leaders from across the country in Mbombela in Mpumalanga on Tuesday to discuss ways of working together during the elections period.

Mokoena says they have also allowed the Commission to use traditional leaders’ offices as voter registration education centres.

“From the side of the traditional leadership we wanted to assure IEC that in the areas under the rule of Amakhosi there will be no area where we call no go area. Political parties will be allowed to campaign freely. We wanted again to call upon the IEC to use our offices as traditional leadership as voter registration centres because we are worried that in our country after elections there are many spoilt ballots and we call upon all amakhosi to assist wherever possible so that these elections will be free and fair,” says Mokoena.

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