The United Party for National Development (UPND) says all preparations for holding a successful elective General Assembly today are in place.
Making the announcement at the party secretariat in Lusaka this morning, Elections Chairman, Garry Nkombo said all was set for the landmark General Assembly.
And Nkombo says the party has put enough security measures in place for the smooth holding of the Assembly.
“We are set for our General Conference tomorrow. All lists of the electoral college are in the provincial centres and all ten commissioners and conveners are already in the ten provinces. 209 candidates have so far successfully filed in their nominations. However, 9 have withdrawn from the race citing personal reasons,” said Garry Nkombo.
He also commended the Ministry of Health for allowing the UPND to hold the Conference in the wake of the new strain of the novel coronavirus.
“I wish to commend the Ministry of Health for being forthright and allowing us to proceed with the General Assembly despite the ravages of the new strain of the novel coronavirus. As you may be aware, the MOH restricts gathering to 50 people but being a constitutional requirement, they allowed us to proceed,” he said.
The elections chairman also announced that 2, 915 delegates will take part in the voting tomorrow and that everyone was expected to be seated at exactly 08:00hrs.
“2, 915 will take part in the approval of the amendments of the UPND Constitution and the voting for a new National Management Committee (NMC) team that will take us to the general elections,” said Nkombo.
Mr. Nkombo also disclosed that the Minister of Home Affairs, Stephen Kampyongo has assured him that there would be no interference from State Police during the period of the conference.