President Rupiah Banda has dissolved parliament and cabinet, and has set 20th September as the date for this year’s tripartite elections.
President Banda says after consulting the Electoral Commission of Zambia on all logistics for holding elections, he is satisfied that the country can hold the polls and has signed statutory instrument number 76 0f 2011 for holding the presidential and general elections.
President Banda has also signed statutory instrument number 77 of 2011 for the Local Government elections.
This means that both the Presidential, Parliamentary and Local government elections will be held on the same date.
But president Banda says he and the vice president will continue running affairs of the nation and representing Zambia in international affairs until another government is ushered into office.
The president has says state functions will continue to operate normally.
Mr Banda says the decision made is in line with the Zambian constitution.
He says permanent secretaries will help him run government while the police and the army will continue to safeguard Zambia’s sovereignty.
President Banda says Zambia’s stability is underpinned by peace, unity and economic development and there is need to ensure that the elections are violence free.
Mr Banda has called on all candidates and players in the elections to ensure adherence to election guidelines.
President Banda has drawn the attention to the revised electoral code of conduct to ensure that there is harmony during and after the elections.
President Rupiah Banda’s FACEBOOK STATUS
Rupiah Bwezani Banda:
“I am really happy that the country will be going to the polls on Tuesday 20th September. Why not join me on Monday for the MMD campaign launch at the Intercontinental Hotel here in Lusaka? Nafuti nafuti!”
President Banda says International observers are welcome to come and monitor elections in Zambia.
And President Banda says government has managed to develop the country.
He says the Zambia of 2011 is different from the Zambia of 2006 as the country’s economy over the last five years has grown to 6.6 per cent.
Government also managed to implement prudent fiscal and economic policies that saw the inflation rate plummet to a single digit.
The country also witnessed two consecutive bumper harvests under the leadership of the MMD government.
President Banda has thanked all cabinet ministers for their contribution to the economic gains made during the period.
President Banda also reminded the nation that over the period 2006 – 2011, the country lost two presidents, Dr Mwanawasa on August 19th 2008, and Dr Chiluba on 18th June 2011.