The Governance, Elections, Advocacy Research Services has appealed to President Edgar Lungu to intervene and protect members that are facing persecution for expressing their democratic rights to challenge him at the convention.
GEARS Initiative Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi says it is unfair that some people in the party have continued to push for the expulsion of members Kelvin Fube and Julius Komaki.
Mr. Chipenzi said any member in a democratic party like the Patriotic Front has a right to challenge those in leadership at the convention.
He said it is sad that President Edgar Lungu has not come out strong to protect those that have expressed interest to challenge those in leadership.
And Mr. Chipenzi has called for tolerance in political parties and allow their members to challenge their leaders at their conventions.
He said it is undemocratic for any political party to stop their members from vying for positions when they go for conventions.