Political parties and candidates taking part in next month’s election in Zimbabwe have signed a peace pledge.
The pledge comes days after an explosion at a campaign rally had killed two people.
The event started with a moment of silence to honour the victims of the explosion at White City Stadium in Bulawayo.
The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission, NPRC Chairperson Justice Sello Nare said that violence was a choice which should always be avoided.
Reports say nearly 50 others were injured in the blast in the country’s second city, Bulawayo.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly escaped unharmed but his two vice-presidents were among those hurt.
Signatories of the pledge at a ceremony in the capital, Harare, will promise to use legal methods to resolve disputes.
The Politicians pledged as follows;
I PLEDGE PEACE 2018
AS A PARTICIPANT IN THE 2018 ELECTIONS I SAY:
- No to violence, force or intimidation
- No to hate speech and inducing fear
- Yes to freedom to campaign and canvas
- Yes to freedom of expression and equal access to media
- Yes to freedom to choose a candidate and to vote in secret
- Yes to full and equal participation of women
- Yes to promoting a culture of peace and tolerance
I pledge to uphold these values in the Code of Conduct and condemn their violation
The election that holds on 30 July, will be Zimbabwe’s first poll since Robert Mugabe was ousted in November after nearly forty years in power.