The Electoral Commission of Zambia has suspended campaigns in Lusaka and Namwala districts.
During the suspension,there shall be no public rallies ,meetings,processions or door to door campaigns.All branded campaign motor vehicles in Lusaka and Namwala Districts are to be parked and shall not be used for any purpose.
Below is the full press release
Suspension of campaigns in lusaka and Namwala districts
The electoral commission of Zambia has observed with dismay the rise in political violence in some districts which has regrettably resulted in injury,loss of life and property; Lusaka and Namwala districts have been of particular concern.
In exercise of its powers under section 28 (2) of the Electoral Process Act no. 35 of 2016,the Commission has decided to suspend campaigns in the whole of Lusaka District and Namwala District for ten (10) days with effect from today , 9th July,2016 to 18 th July 2016.
During the suspension,there shall be no public rallies ,meetings,processions or door to door campaigns. Further, all branded campaign motor vehicles in Lusaka and Namwala Districts should be parked and shall not be used for any purpose.
Campaigns shall be restricted to electronic and print media publicity and hate speech will not be entertained. The Commission urges the Zambia Police to ensure that political parties and candidates comply with this directive.
The Commission has also received reports of political violence in Mazabuka,Monze and Gwembe Districts and would like to sternly warn political parties and candidates in the said districts to desist from violence,failure to which campaigns will also be suspended.
The commission hereby re-iterates the need for peace before,during and after the elections the elections as violence not only endangers the lives of innocent citizens but will also result in voter apathy.The Commission will not hesitate to suspend campaigns in any other district in which violence is promoted.
The Commission appeals to all political party leaders to counsel and control their cadres in the interest of making peace in country.
Crispin N Akufuna
Public Relations Manager
Electoral commission of Zambia