Political parties and independent candidates have been urged to shun from elections related disputes to observe peace and non violence before, during and after the 2018 harmonised elections set for the 30th of July.

With only a month left to the 2018 harmonised elections, political parties and all independent candidates are intensifying their campaign programmes to canvass for support in order to be victorious come election time.

All political stakeholders in the Matabeleland region who attended the political parties stakeholder committee meeting at a local hotel in Bulawayo were urged to observe peace and adhere to the electoral code of conduct as those who behave otherwise will be punished.

Mr Marko Ndlovu, the Provincial Elections Officer for Matabeleland North stated that candidates should understand that they each have different opinions and as such should respect each other to avoid quarrels during elections.

Another important issue that was discussed is the facilitation and equal participation of women in political activities.

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Commissioner Miss Sibongile Ndlovu said she hopes that changes made in the electoral code of conduct will lure more women to the political space by 2023.

So far the Matabeleland North Province has been commended for conducting its political activities peacefully and has been urged to continue with its good behaviour.