Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) public relations manager, Cris Akufuna has said that the ECZ had not received any Court document regarding Mangango Constituency and that the Commission would go ahead and receive the nomination papers from those ready to participate in the by-election.
“I am not in receipt of any Court documents from any political party concerning tomorrows (today’s) nominations in the Mangango by-elections, not to my knowledge and we are ready with the election,” Mr Akufuna said.
Mr Akufuna said his office had already held meetings with traditional leaders, youths and the electorates on the need not to engage in electoral malpractices.
He said the campaign period would commence today after the nominations and end on Monday August 18, 2014 at 18:00 hours.
However, Patriotic Front (PF) deputy secretary General Bridget Atanga said in an interview, when asked about taking part in the by-election, that she was not in a position to comment on the adoption process because her party had taken the matter to court.
Meanwhile, political parties taking part in the Mangango parliamentary by-election in Kaoma District are today expected to present their adopted candidates to file in nomination papers for the election slated for August 19, this year.
United Party for National Development (UPND) deputy spokesperson, Edwin Lifwekelo said his party had adopted Godwin Putu, a local businessman after a thorough scrutiny by senior party officials.
Mr Lifwekelo said his party was confident that Mr Putu was a serious contender in the race and was confident that the opposition political party would scoop the seat.
“We had more than five candidates who showed interest to be adopted but they all had to be subjected to the process, so it is from this process that the party settled for Mr Putu, we are confident that him being a well known local businessman will win the election without difficulties,” Mr Lifwekelo said.
MMD has also settled for a local businessman, Charles Mwezela whom the party said grew up in Managango and would not face any difficulties in campaigning.
The by- election was necessitated after the nullification of the election of MMD’s Robert Taundi Chiseke by the Supreme Court on May 19, 2014 on grounds that his election was fraught with electoral malpractices.
PF losing candidate Richard Simbula had petitioned the election of Mr Chiseke alleging illegal and corrupt practices.