Seventeen presidential candidates are expected to contest this year’s presidential election.
This is according to a drawn up timetable for the filing of presidential nominations released to QFM by the Electoral Commission of Zambia.
The filing of presidential nominations will commence on Sunday 7th August up to 12th August, 2011.
ECZ Public Relations Manager Cris Akufuna says in a statement that this follows consultations with aspiring presidential candidates yesterday.
Mr. Akufuna says aspiring presidential candidates will lodge their nominations papers at the Supreme Court before the Chief Justice who is the returning officer.
He says the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) presidential candidate will be first to file nominations together with presidential candidates from UNIP and Zambians for Empowerment and Development (ZED) on 7th August.
On Monday, 8th August presidential candidates from the UPND, NAREP and National Movement for Progress will file nominations, while on Tuesday 9th August candidates from the Patriotic Front (PF, National Revolution party (NRP),and Alliance for Democracy and Development, (ADD) will lodge their nominations.
Presidential candidates from the MMD, People’s Redemption Party (PRP)and Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDM) will file nominations on Wednesday 10th August,with those from the Heritage party, United Nationalists Party and the Zambian Conservative Party filing nominations on Thursday, 11th August.
Candidates from the Zambia Progressive Party (ZPP) and Revolutionary Communist Party RCP) will complete the nomination process on Friday, 12th August, 2011.
[ QFM ]