ECZ condemns violence
By Staff Reporter
The Electoral Commission of Zambia says it has noted with regret the violence that occurred during the polls in Sesheke, Lundazi and Mufumbwe.
In a statement today, ECZ public relation officer Margaret Chimanse stated that the Commission was concerned that such violence made it impossible for the electorate to freely exercise their right to vote.
She urged the police to undertake necessary investigations and bring to book all culprits.
“The Commission’s mandate is to conduct free and fair elections and hence the reliance on law enforcement agencies such as the police to maintain law and order during elections. We, therefore, call upon the Zambia Police to ensure that they consistently uphold professionalism during the execution of their duties,” said Chimanse
She urged political party leaders to take responsibility and demonstrate leadership by condemning political violence.
“Violence has the potential to undermine the electoral process, if not addressed immediately. The Commission hopes that in the wake of the country’s democratic dispensation, political parties can gain maturity by participating in elections without exhibiting acts of violence,” she said.