ONLY five out of the 46 registered political parties have successfully paid the presidential nominations fees ahead of the August 11, 2016 general elections.
A survey conducted by the Daily Nation yesterday revealed that those that had paid were the Patriotic Front (PF), United Party for National Development (UPND), United National Independence Party (UNIP), Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) and Green Party (GP).
Yesterday, May 17, 2016, was the deadline set by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for political parties to pay their presidential nominations fees or be excluded from the election.
Meanwhile, all the political parties who failed to deposit at least half of the K75, 000 in the stipulated ECZ account have automatically been disqualified from standing in the August 11 general elections.
On Saturday, ECZ public relations manager Cris Akufuna said if any of the presidential aspiring candidates failed to deposit K37, 500 by yesterday such a candidate would be disqualified.
“It is clear. If you don’t deposit half of the nomination fee in the stipulated ECZ account by the deadline, then you won’t stand,” he said.
According to the ECZ, the electoral body does not want to handle cash as the case was in the past. The Commission prescribed 10th May, 2016 to 17th May, 2016 as dates during which to deposit at least half of the K75, 000.
‘‘Aspiring presidential candidates should present to the Commission a bank deposit slip as proof of payment for inclusion on the nomination timetable. The balance should be deposited in the Electoral Commission bank account before nomination day,” Mr Afukuna said.
He said all aspiring presidential candidates should ensure that they presented to the returning officer a bank deposit slip as proof of full payment with their nomination papers on the nomination day.
FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said Ms Edith Nawakwi’s nomination fees were paid a long time ago. UPND secretary general Stephen Katuka confirmed that his party had equally paid the nomination fees for president Hakainde Hichilema.
Meanwhile, PF Deputy Spokesperson Frank Bwalya says Fourth Revolution Party President Erick Chanda should tell the nation the real reason why he is not running in the fourth coming elections as opposed to accusing the PF government of persecuting him.
Mr Bwalya said Mr Chanda has failed to raise the K75,000 required as nomination fee for the presidential candidate.
He said Mr Chanda should be honest enough and tell the nation that he has failed to raise nomination fees as there is no government persecuting him.
“The statement by Erick Chanda that he is not running in this years election due to political persecution can not go without comment. The truth of the matter is that Mr Erick Chanda has failed to raise the filing fee which has been put at K75,000.
“Mr Chanda should be honest enough and tell the people that he has failed to raise the money independently because even in the past Mr Chanda was pleading with the PF Secretary General to give him money for campaigns that was in 2015 so we do know that he doesn’t have the money to pay in order for him to file his nomination papers as presidential candidate,” he said.
He said the Court case against him was due to his careless talk.
“Regarding the so called persecution, no government under the sun is persecuting Mr Chanda. His own careless talk landed him into problems he got arrested for branding the President as a person who likes clubbing and other things he said which I wouldn’t want to repeat because I will be repeating defamatory material about our own President.
“Mr Chanda should acknowledge the fact that Zambia is a country were the various institutions of government are operating autonomously and independently and there is the rule of law is obtaining in our country. He has not been locked up before a competent Court finds him guilty,” he said.
Mr said is quoted in one of the tabloids as having said that he is being politically persecuted by the PF government.