UPND Secretary General Stephen Katuka says Police have once again denied his Party permits for rallies in Lusaka.
Mr Katuka said the continued denial of permits is a complete violation of their democratic rights of freedom of expression and freedom of association.
“We have once again been denied permits to conduct our campaigns. This is a complete violation of our democratic rights of freedom of expression and freedom of association.
“We had applied for permits in Mandevu and Kabwata for this week, but despite submitting applications the required 7 days in advance these have been denied on the grounds that the police are busy with nomination filing. It is now too late for us to file for new permits and develop a new programme,” said Mr Katuka in a statement.
He added that the action by Police limits their movements, threaten to discredit the election process as it is increasingly looking like their actions are calculated to block and frustrate the movement of his Party members.
“During the official campaign period such attempts to limit our movements threaten to discredit the election process and it increasingly looks like part of a calculated strategy to block and frustrate our movements at every turn.
“We have a democratic right to campaign and the people have a democratic right to hear from the candidates and make their own mind up. But this will not deter us, Police can do whatever they want to do, our voice will be heard no matter what,” he said.