Traditional leaders in Senga district in Northern Province have been called upon to allow various political parties to campaign peacefully ahead of a by-election for a council chairperson in the area.
Senga District Voter Education (DVEC) Coordinator, David Simfukwe said traditional leaders should also not intimidate their subjects but allow them to vote for the candidates of their own choice to enhance democracy.
Mr. Simfukwe was speaking in Mbala during a one day meeting for traditional leaders in Senga district.
He said there was need for all traditional leaders in Senga district to uphold peace and the electoral code of conduct at all the times.
Meanwhile, Mr. Simfukwe has implored chiefs to help the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) sensitise their subjects about the by-election of the council chairperson which is scheduled to take place on 17th November, 2016.
He said since traditional leaders stay with their subjects, it was important that they inform them about the poll so that many of them cast their votes.
He has emphasized that traditional leaders were very important in the electoral process.
And Mr. Simfukwe has observed that there has been voter apathy in the area hence the need for traditional leaders to massively sensitise their subjects about the forthcoming election.