Eleven candidates have filed their nomination papers for the forthcoming presidential election. The January 20 presidential election returning officer, acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda yesterday declared that the 11 candidates have validly been nominated for the forthcoming poll.
They are Patriotic Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu, United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema, MMD president Nevers Mumba, Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi and Forum for Democratic Alternatives (FDA) leader Ludwig Sondashi.
Others are National Restoration Party (NAREP) president Elias Chipimo, UNIP leader Tilyenji Kaunda, Green Party leader Peter Sinkamba, 4th Revolution leader Eric Chanda and Christian Democratic Party president Danny Pule.
However, 8 other candidate failed to file in their nominations.
Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) president Edwin Sakala, United Nationalist Party (UNP) president Ackim Ngosa and Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) president Mubita Wakumelo have withdrawn from the January 20 presidential election.
Mr Sakala, Mr Ngosa and Mr Wakumelo have joined five other party presidents who have pulled out of the race.
These are James Mtonga of the Common Cause Democracy, Gerry Sikazwe of the People’s Redemption Party, Alex Muliokela of the Poor People’s Party, Cosmo Mumba of the National Revolution Party and an unidentified Democratic Party candidate.
Mr Sakala told journalists yesterday that his party has deciced to pull out of the race because it has no capacity to carry out a nationwide campaign.
“ZDDM had a preferred candidate in the name of former President Rupiah Banda who due to circumstances beyond our control has not been able to file in his nominations,” he said.
And Mr Ngosa said he will not participate in the January 20 presidential election because of circumstances beyond his control.
He said he will participate in the 2016 general elections.