Seven Civil Society Organizations claim to have evidence of vote buying the ruling Patriotic ahead of this Thursday’s mayoral and council Chairpersons by-elections.
These include Action Aid Zambia, Governance, Elections, Advocacy and Research Services (GEARS) Initiative, Alliance for Community Action Zambia (AAZ), Caritas Zambia, NGOCC, Transparency International Zambia (TIZ), and the Zambia Council for Social Development.
Reading a statement on behalf of the CSOs during a media briefing in Lusaka, AAZ Executive Director, Laura Miti said the distribution of chickens, sugar, shirts, money and other goods have reached unprecedented levels.
Ms Miti has also called on the Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja to reflect on whether he has the ability to oversee a professional police service that serves the people of Zambia without fear or favor.
She says the CSOs feel the Police Chief will do well to resign saying he has lamentably failed to deal with perpetrators of political violence.
Ms Miti further states that the civil society is concern that the public are increasingly losing confidence and trust in the Electoral Commission of Zambia’s capacity to oversee and deliver a credible election.
Ms Miti says the CSOs therefore called on the ECZ to investigate cases of vote buying and use the law to show that voter manipulation is unacceptable.
Speaking at the same briefing, NGOCC Executive Director, Engwase Mwale observed the need to intensify sensitization efforts against voter apathy.