THE Patriotic Front (PF) has maintained Mambwe businessman Jack Shuma and Patricia Mulasikwanda as its adopted candidates for the Malambo and Mulobezi parliamentary by-elections, respectively.
The ruling party has, however, invited applications from members wishing to contest the Petauke Central parliamentary by-election and local government by-elections.
PF secretary-general Davies Chama said in an interview on Monday that Mr Shuma and Ms Mulasikwanda will contest the Malambo and Mulobezi parliamentary seats on the PF ticket.
“The candidates for these constituencies were already adopted before the court cases so we shall maintain them,” Mr Chama said.
On the Petauke parliamentary by-elections, Mr Chama said the PF has advertised to invite applications from members wishing to contest the seat on the party ticket.
This follows the death of PF Petauke Central parliamentary candidate Leonard Banda who was adopted in 2013.
“We are an all-inclusive party and members who are not from our party are free to apply,” Mr Chama said.
And the United Party for National Development (UPND) says it is ready to contest the Malambo, Petauke Central and Mulobezi parliamentary by-elections.
UPND deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo said the opposition party will maintain its Mulobezi parliamentary candidate Hastings Sililo but will depend on the outcome of the pending court case in relation to former Malambo member of Parliament (MP) Maxwell Mwale.
Mr Lifwekelo said UPND will advertise to invite applications from members wishing to contest the Petauke Central parliamentary seat.
“If Mr Mwale will be cleared before the nomination date, then we will maintain him but generally we are ready for the three by-elections and the adoption will depend on the party and people’s decision,” he said.
The three by-elections were scheduled to be held on September 26, 2013 but were postponed because of legal technicalities.