Opposition People’s Democratic Party President, George Mpombo has commended the Electoral Commission of Zambia for not succumbing to legal maneuvers by the Patriotic Front to halt the holding of the Zambezi West by-election on 11th September in an attempt to block UPND’s Charles Kakoma from re-contesting the seat.
PF’s Zambezi West losing candidate Christabel Ngimbu has asked the Supreme Court to stay the by-election until determination of an appeal against the High Court judgment which cleared to Mr.Kakoma re-contest the Parliamentary seat his lost through nullification.
In a telephone in interview with Qfm news, Dr. Mpombo says the decision by the ECZ is also a victory for Democracy and boosts the confidence of the Zambian people in the country’s electoral body.
Dr. Mpombo has however advised the ruling PF to instead deploy itself on the ground and campaign vigorously in areas where it is weak so that it can compete on an even ground with other participating political parties as opposed to frustrating the electoral process.
He says further delaying the by-elections in constituencies where the polls have been pending for a long time will only disadvantage people from having representation in Parliament.
Dr Mpombo says the ruling party should thus keep it in mind that its continued maneuvers to halt by-elections has already affected the flow of development in areas which do have representation in Parliament.
( Friday 15th August 2014 )