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Article 91. Basic Requirements for Political Parties

(1) Every political party shall–

  • (a) have a national character as prescribed by an Act of Parliament;
  • (b) have a democratically elected governing body;
  • (c) promote and uphold national unity;
  • (d) abide by the democratic principles of good governance,promote and practise democracy through regular, fair and free elections within the party;
  • (e) respect the right of all persons to participate in the political process, including minorities and marginalised groups;
  • (f) respect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms, and gender equality and equity;
  • (g) promote the objects and principles of this Constitution and the rule of law; and
  • (h) subscribe to and observe the code of conduct for political parties.

(2) A political party shall not–

  • (a) be founded on a religious, linguistic, racial, ethnic, gender or regional basis or seek to engage in advocacy of hatred on any such basis;
  • (b) engage in or encourage violence by, or intimidation of, its members, supporters, opponents or any other person;
  • (c) establish or maintain a paramilitary force, militia or similar organisation;
  • (d) engage in bribery or other forms of corruption; or
  • (e) except as is provided under this Chapter or by an Act of Parliament, accept or use public resources to promote its interests or its candidates in elections.