NDC petitions ECZ over failed nomination
By Staff Reporter
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has petitioned the Electoral Commission of Zambia ECZ for refusing to allow their candidate to file in his nomination papers
for the Chilanga parliamentary by-election.
Secretary General Mwenya Musenge has since written to ECZ, requesting them to allow Edward Simfukwe, the party’s nominee to file in his papers for the June 5 race.
“The protest letter has been originated a day after the ECZ refused to allow the NDC candidate file in his nomination papers. This is on account that the NDC candidate appeared at the nomination centre two minutes after 15.00 hours,” Musenge stated in a letter dated May 4. “This is however, a contradiction as the NDC candidate initially arrived at the nomination centre soon after 12.00 hours on the material day. The PF carders had completely taken over the nomination centre at the time the NDC was supposed to file in their papers. It was at that point that the ECZ instructed the NDC to go back to the polling station at 14:00 hours. Both the NDC and the ECZ verbally consented to the change of time for the nomination’s.”
He said NDC delivered the protest letter through Chilanga constituency campaign manager Saboi Imboela.
Musenge stated that PF cadres had created a hostile environment at the nomination centre.
“The NDC has complained that PF carder’s deliberately besieged and camped at the nomination centre unnecessarily for over three hours. This was part of a calculated frustration ploy to ensure that the NDC candidate was blocked to have access to the nomination centre,” stated Musenge.