The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has called on the police service to realign itself to efficiently deal with concerns raised by all political parties without any bias.
ECZ Chairperson Irene Mambilima says the commission is concerned with allegations of laxity on the part of the police suggesting that they have a soft spot for the ruling MMD.
Justice Mambilima observes that the law should be left to take its course regardless of political affiliation of the offender.
Speaking at the political party liaison committee meeting in Lusaka this morning, Justice Mambilima also expressed concern with the unfriendly relationships that are developing during campaigns among political parties.
Justice Mambilima has further questioned why the country has seen an increase in political acrimony when all players publicly declared during the filing-in of nominations that they would abide by the electoral code of conduct.
She notes political party leaders should ensure that their supporters refrain from attending their meetings with offensive weapons with intentions of hurting other people adding that there can be no justification for hate speech and incitement of violence.
The ECZ chairperson has also advised political parties to avail their rally schedules to the commission and the police to enable effective policing of their meetings.