The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) of conspiring to prevent their candidate in the Chilanga parliamentary by-election from filing in nominations.
NDC consultant Chishimba Kambwili says the PF deliberately blocked the NDC candidate Webster Katongo from filing his nominations.
Mr. Kambwili has further blamed the ECZ for not providing guidance on how many people should be found at the nominations center.
And party campaign manager Saboi Imboela says the commission should in future make sure that the number of people at the nominations filing centers is limited to reduce confusion.
She says the party through its Secretary General Mwenya Musenga has since written to the commission asking them to ensure that all participating political parties resist from ferrying cadres from other districts to filing centers.
According to reports, NDC’s Webster Katongo was disqualified after failing to file-in his nomination around 13:30 hours and allegedly went into hiding together with his supporters forcing the party to search for an alternative candidate, Edward Simfukwe.
Mr Katongo was unreachable as he was reported to have switched off his mobile phone, sending other party members into panic, and around 16:30 hours, Mr Simfukwe only managed to mobilise a few members to accompany him to file his nomination, but ECZ officials could not allow him to go ahead with filing because he was late.