The young African Leaders Initiative says politicians should stop antagonising the work of the Electoral Commission of Zambia by branding it as compromised.
And YALI President Andrew Ntewewe says the decision on who will be in charge of the country after the elections is in the hands of Zambians hence political Party Presidents should not behave as though they know the out come of the election.
Speaking in an interview the YALI President said branding the ECZ as compromised is a source of conflict as it prepares the minds of their followers not accept the results once their leaders lose the elections.
Mr Ntewewe said the Commission has shown willingness to sit politicians down and ensure that the elections are credible and acceptable to all contestants but that some leaders have continued undermining their work.
“Politicians have to realise that ultimately the decision as to who will become President of the Republic of Zambia will be decided when the people of Zambia votes on August 11th. There is no one who has been elected President hence at this stage people should not rush in thinking that they have won the election. Doing so and planting that mindset in the minds of people is a source of conflict because once the people decide otherwise cadres of a particular party will not accept the results.
“Politicians must work hand in hand with the ECZ to ensure that the election is going to be handled in a free, fair and credible manner. The ECZ so far has demonstrated the willingness to sit political players down and we think that such platforms are important because when going into an election the referee should ensure that all the rules of the game are well articulated but if politicians work everyday to discredit the ECZ which is handling these elections that in itself is a source of conflict because it is more like preparing cadres not to accept the outcome if their party loses the elections,” he said.
Mr Ntewewe has also called young people to critically scrutinize the candidates aspiring for Plot 1 because some individuals aiming for the position seem too desperate that they will go to any length to get there.
Mr Ntewewe who was part of the stakeholders meeting which was called by ECZ and attended by Republican President Edgar Lungu, main opposition Party President Hakainde Hichilema, UN country representative, Commonwealth representative, the EFZ, YALI and the NGOCC among others said it was important for young people to ensure that they scrutinize their leaders before voting for them because the country belongs to them.
He said the levels of desperation from some political leaders were worrying and that leaders should not go to any length in the name of trying to serve the people because it is Zambians who in the end have the powers of making one President of the country.
Meanwhile a source from the meeting on Friday said tempers were high as Hakainde Hichilema accused some stakeholders including the opposition FDD President Edith Nawakwi of working against him.
The source said the UPND leader accused the FDD leader of working with government to have him arrested for treason after she accused him and his Party of training militias.
Earlier Ms Nawakwi demanded that the peace accord be signed by the PF and the UPND as they were the two parties perpetrating political violence in the country.
She said the meeting should have been reduced to a committee of only two parties as they were responsible for the political violence that continues to hit the headlines in the country.