The opposition MMD has disclosed that it will not participate in the forthcoming parliamentary by elections for Mulobezi, Petauke Central and Malambo constituencies.
In an interview, MMD Spokesman Raphael Nakachinda revealed that the decision not to field candidates in the three by elections was arrived at last evening after consultations with key organs of the party.
Mr Nakachinda said the move was aimed at allowing the party to concentrate on its ongoing healing process.
He said the party has not yet agreed on which political party to support in the three bye elections.
Mr Nakachinda said the party’s leadership was of the view that the MMD is currently not in a good state to contest for any elections.
‘We want to give ourselves enough time to completely heal from the many losses that we have suffered before engaging into another election battle and we are in the process of restructuring our organs,’ Mr Nakachinda said.
Meanwhile,five candidates have successfully filed in their nomination papers for the Mulobezi By-election in Western Province.
The five candidates are United Party for National Development (UPND)’s Hastings Sililo, Green Party’s Esau Mwanza, Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD)‘s Collins Mbangu, Patriotic Front (PF)’s Patricia Mulasikwanda and United National Independence Party (UNIP)’s Alfred Mandumbwa
Mulobezi Constituency Returning officer Fred Kapusa closed the nominations around 15:32 hours.
All the five candidates expressed confidence of winning the forth-coming parliament by-election in the area.
In separate interviews after the successful filing in of nomination papers, Mr Sililo said he would continue developing the Constituency from where he left after his seat was nullified by the High Court.
Mr Mwanza said he was the only candidate who was capable of promoting development in Mulobezi constituency, as some candidates from other competing political parties were being imported from other places away from Mulobezi.
Mr Mbangu said he was confident of winning the Mulobezi by-election as he was an indigenous candidate who was well vested with local issues.
Ms Mulasikwanda said being the only female candidate for the Mulobezi parliamentary by election, she had higher chances of winning the election because she understood the concerns of women and children in the area.
Mr Mandumbwa said he was capable of addressing the challenges which the people of Mulobezi were facing.
Meanwhile, the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) could not file in nomination papers for Mulobezi after receiving instructions from the party secretariat in Lusaka not to go-ahead with the process.