Western Province Patriotic Front (PF) vice publicity youth secretary Fine Likando has appealed to the people of Mwandi district to vote for the PF candidate in the forthcoming local government by-election for the position of Council Chairperson.
Mr. Likando, who is also Mwandi Ward campaign team leader, said people should vote for Mrs. Josephine Sipalu Mabupu, for continuity of development.
He said there was evidence of many developmental projects that the candidate has initiated in the area.
He said Mrs. Mabupu, who is a retired District Education Board Secretary, will uplift the education standards in the area as she understands issues concerning education very well.
Mr. Likando also noted that voting for a candidate who belongs to the ruling party will make it easy for Mwandi district to develop especially that President Edgar Lungu has pledged to develop even areas where the PF recorded few votes.
And addressing PF party officials in Mwandi, Western Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu encouraged members to continue working hard and improve on the weaknesses and challenges experienced in the last elections as they campaign for the forthcoming by-elections.
Mr. Mubukwanu has since called on the party officials to unite and work together as they campaign in order to scoop the position of council chairperson adding that team work was what will strengthen the party in the area.
Meanwhile, a PF member Charles Mutemwa commended the campaign team in Mwandi district for embarking on a door to door campaign despite experiencing challenges such as lack of financial resources.
Mr. Mutemwa said the door to door campaign was a good strategy because people are allowed to express their views freely concerning the party.
He said this will help the campaign team record the number of people supporting the party unlike holding rallies where most people just go to listen.
Mr. Mutemwa further called on the campaign team to respect traditional leaders and everyone in the area as they conduct campaigns, adding that respect and honesty were vital when soliciting for votes from people.
The Mwandi district council chairperson seat fell vacant following the nullification by the courts of law on grounds that United Party for National Development’s (UPND) Gilnut Mufuti had stood for elections using a forged grade twelve certificate.
Mr. Mufuti eventually won the seat which was later nullified by the court.
The electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has set 17th November, 2016 as the date for the polls.