Under the covenant and integrity pledge, the candidates swore to abide by the tenets of the Constitution, election laws, rules and regulations, and respect the sanctity of the electoral exercise through their words and actions for honest, orderly, and peaceful elections.
The candidates further vowed not to employ any form of violence, force or threat that may impair, impede or unduly influence the free exercise of people’s rights of suffrage.
Further, the candidates promised “to ensure the prompt, accurate reporting and disclosure of campaign-related expenses,” stressing that they “will not offer or give bribes or gifts to corrupt the integrity of the democratic process.”
In order to properly gain the people’s mandate, the candidates also pledged “to respect the norms of conduct expected of public servants” and “commit to run a clean campaign, observe fairness, common decency, honesty and good faith.”
They stressed that they “shall fight discrimination in all forms, promote gender sensitivity during the campaign and not tolerate any form of violence against women in politics.— JTD