ECZ condemns electoral violence
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has declared a protest against violence and criminal activities perpetrated during the nominations and by-elections in Milanzi and Mufumbwe.
In a press release made available to Q fm last evening, ECZ Public Relations Manager Chris Akufuna said the Commission will be taking necessary steps to find a possible solution to the problem. He said it is saddening those 45-years after independence the country is still degenerating into political anarchy.
Mr Akufuna said the quest for democracy paved with violence cannot be accepted in the country. He said those who were involved in violence and criminal conduct seriously undermined the Electoral Commission’s voter education programmes. He, however, commended the Zambia Police Service for taking firm a stance against violence.
And United States Embassy Charge d’affairs Michael Kaplovsky has said that the violence that was recorded in Mufumbwe had the potential to influence the vote outcome.
Featuring on Monday Night Live last evening, Mr. Kalosvky said that Zambia is a peaceful country and that Zambians should maintain that. He says that Zambians should learn something from the political violence that has been recorded in other countries.
He added that Zambians should not use violence to win elections.