‘‘We have a big task ahead of us, a very big assignment which awaits us in 2016 and it calls for every well-meaning party member to get involved and ensure that we deliver a sound victory,’’ United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has said.
And Mr Hichilema says there is still time for people to obtain national registration cards and register as voters.
Speaking during the meet-the-UPND party president fundraising dinner in Solwezi, Mr Hichilema said there was need to be aggressive in next year’s general elections if landslide victory was to be assured.
He said Zambia was going through many challenges due to the mismanagement of national affairs by the current leadership, adding that Zambians should not allow the PF to win next year’s elections.
“We have to take this seriously; next year is not a year to joke with. We all need to put our efforts together and ensure that we remove the PF from power. And this can only be done when we all get involved,” Mr Hichilema said.
He said despite the political landscape in the country changing, party members should be vigilant ahead of next year’s elections.
He revealed that his party would put in place three parallel voter tabulation (PVT) systems in order to secure the votes.
‘’Voter malpractice in Zambia is real, therefore we have to guard our votes at all costs and in order to do this as a party we will put in place three PVT systems, the first one will be known by all party members, the second one by a few individuals and the last one will only be known by myself,” he explained.
And Mr Hichilema has taken a swipe at party members aspiring as parliamentarians and civic leaders.
He said the party has been betrayed in the past by a few individuals who were adopted on a pretext that they were loyal and committed members.
“There are three things that we will be looking at, at whoever wants to be adopted. Firstly, a candidate should be resourceful, secondly the quality of a candidate and lastly their loyalty to the party; if we suspect that you are going to betray us the way Dawson Kafwaya (North-Western Province Minister and UPND Solwezi Central member of Parliament) did we will not adopt you,’’ he said.