PF Violence scared voters, claims UPND
By Staff Reporter
The United Party for National Development (UPND) has thanked all voters that turned up to vote in the just ended local government elections, although the party performed poorly.
Addressing journalists in Lusaka on Wednesday,
Party spokesperson Charles Kakoma however said his party performed well in PF strongholds.
He said many people failed to go and vote because of the political violence engineered by the PF.
“Some roads leading to polling stations were blocked by the PF while our polling agents in some polling stations were chased by PF cadres. Our leaders such as National Chairman Mutale Nalumango were beaten on polling day,” lamented Kakoma.
“The PF also openly engaged in bribery even on polling day as witnessed in Luapula Province where PF were giving mealie meal to voters on the queue at polling stations. Under these circumstances, the elections were not credible.”
Kakoma said it appeared that the PF had employed political violence as a strategy for winning elections.
He warned that such a strategy had potential for creating a serious conflict in the country if other political parties responded in similar manner.
“We note that PF have issued a statement purporting to have been issued by me claiming that the elections were free and fair and that UPND will withdraw all election petitions that are before courts of law. This is PF propaganda which is malicious and criminal. It should be dismissed with the contempt it deserves,” said Kakoma.