VARIOUS electoral stakeholders in Livingstone have expressed happiness and satisfaction in the manner that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) have engaged the ahead of this week’s General Elections.
They also pledged to conduct peace elections void of violence during and after the polls.
More than 500 representatives from political parties, police, polling agents, candidates, elections agents, monitors, media, Non Governmental organisations and Faith Based Organisations met in Livingstone on Saturday afternoon during a stakeholders meeting held at David Livingstone College of Education (DALICE).
Independent parliamentary candidate for Livingstone constituency Joram Mwinda said stakeholders were satisfied with the way the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) was engaging them ahead of elections.
Mr Mwinda waw hopeful that the elections would be peaceful, free and fair without any cases of electoral violence.
“As stakeholders, we are happy with the works done by ECZ so far, more especially with the local team led by the Town Clerk who have engaged and consulted us every step of the in this process.
“We are hopeful that the elections will be free and fair and Livingstone will continue being a shining example when it comes to holding of elections at any level,” Mr Mwinda said.
Addressing the stakeholders, Livingstone district electoral officer Vivian Chikoti said there was no room for mistakes in this year’s general elections and urged all partners in the electoral process to take a leading role in the whole exercise.
“In elections there are no small mistakes, if anything there should be no room for mistakes in these elections and that is the more reason why we have been engaging you our partners from the word go so that we make this process are transparent as possible without leaving any traces,”Ms Chikoti said.
Ms Chikoti, who is also Livingstone Town Clerk, said the briefing was meant to ensure that that everyone understood of what was required of them on 11 August during the general elections.
“We have brought together a diverse group from diverse backgrounds in order to ensure that all stakeholders in the city of Livingstone work together to deliver successful, peaceful and credible elections,” she said.
The district electoral officer called on political parties to fully educate their polling agents on the electoral code of conduct in order for them to effectively monitor and follow the proceedings.