Thursday, June 13, 2024

UPND opens applications for MPs, to charge K 5 000 per applicant

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The United Party for National Development has opened applications for its members aspiring to contest as MPs, Mayors, Council Chairpersons and Councillors on its ticket for the forthcoming 12th August general elections and the party has set Friday, 19th March 2021 as the deadline for applications.

The application fee for the position of a Member of Parliament and Mayor has been pegged at K 5 000, while that of Council chair and Councilors have been pegged at K2 000 and K300 respectively.

Making the announcement during a press briefing at the UPND secretariat this morning, Elections Chairperson, Garry Nkombo stated that those who intended to apply on the party ticket must have been in good standing with the party for over 2 years.

He also stressed that applicants needed to have the prerequisite academic qualifications that must be certified by the Education Commission of Zambia (ECZ).

Applicants must have been members of the party in good standing for at least two (2) years and above with a Grade Twelve Certificate or equivalent as stipulated by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and/or the Constitution of Zambia,” he said.

He stated that a green National Registration Card-NRC-and a Voters’ Card should be attached to the applications for them to be considered valid. He has also cautioned those who wish to defect or stand as independents if they are not adopted to be wary of such intentions, that the party would consider them as traitors for the foreseeable future.

26 COMMENTS

  1. And these are the same people that complained bitterly when ECZ set nomination fees. These are only application fees so if 10 applicants apply for one position, UPND will collect 50,000 on that position only to select one person. This is party that promises to come and reduce prices when the cost of of doing business in UPND is high. On top of that anyone who defects or stand as Independent will be blacklisted in UPND democracy.

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  2. A fella putting on a pf Tshirt and shouting pamakafye was asking for coin , imagine I did not even flinch or look at him I just kept moving forward, was I wrong not to give him legal tender , especially that its his vote that has put us in this economic imbroglio.

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  3. if someone wants to stand as your MP in your area and they can fail to raise a 5 pin, then woe unto you, where is their prowess in networking with people and kusakila kaduda?

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  4. Ati I am a self made billionaire who worked hard and made billions from cows, and yet I will charge you all 5000 each to contest in elections. This is the nonsense I don’t understand. When we say hh now owes his gay funders lots of money we are called liars. If this guy became president prepare for him to sell off rest of country.

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  5. Good standing = no fraud convicts = no former convicts

    Unlike the PF who are made up of every criminal element……….actually to be PF MP violence and fraudulent activity is a pre requisite…….

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  6. SELF MADE BILLIONAIRE KIKIKI
    USELESS BLOGGER ……….. WHEN PF IS GONE WONT THIS SAME CHAP REVERT TO PATA PATAS ??
    LIKE UNIP CHAPS AND OTHERS
    EVERY TICK FALLS OFF THE HOST EVENTUALLY

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  7. PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE ON RADIO AND TV
    LET US DECIDE WHO IS THE RIGHT ONE AMONGST THEM ALL
    WHY IS PF SHYING AWAY FROM SUCH A DEBATE

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  8. Tikki I can see you are scared of new cyber law and are now also using vpn to show your location in a different country. Don’t worry zicta can still by pass that useless vpn.

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  9. Tikki I can see you are scared of new cyber law and are now also using vpn to show your location in a different country. Don’t worry zicta can still by pass that useless vpn. We will soon catch up with you. Ndiwe mb0I0 yoyuma

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  10. Irony is blogging from UK under various aliases for years and talking about changing location via VPN forgetting that his is static as everyone knows he is an impostor.

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  11. What a heap of rubbish…ati .”..self made billionaire who worked hard and made billions from cows, and yet I will charge you all 5000 each to contest in elections”
    No wonder you people think PF is government, you simply don’t differentiate between his personal business and Party. Honestly, if HH was going to pay for that, wouldn’t you be the first ones attacking him for doing that?
    Trum.p is a billionaire, did Tr.ump ever pump in his personal money when he was aspiring? Nope …Even, now in readiness for 2022 and 2024, Tr.ump is using donated funds from his supporters. So how dare you criticize HH for doing the right thing? UPND is not his personal party, Leave him with his billions.

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  12. How can I waste my hard earned k5,000 in pf strong hold where I know that pf is winning no matter what, maybe for those applying in southern province.

  13. Okay! So if they have a minimum of 3 applicants for each Parliamentary position that’s a minimum of K2,475,000. Not bad business if you can get it. Pity some good prospective local candidates may not be able to afford these fees.

  14. IllSayWhatIWant – imagine at least they can refund those who not adopted…this party is also out of touch U mean where are youth going to get that amount.

  15. K5000 is roughly what, 230 USD?
    And I think it’s appropriate to weed off those who want to become rich in politics. No wonder you have a bunch of useless politicians, whose daily agenda is how to make themselves rich.
    If one can not afford it, get sponsors, ask for donations from your future voters…so many ways to get that money.
    So stop whining that it’s too much. Don’t open doors for kaponyas to get to GRZ, you are creating future versions of the Kampyongos and Lusambos, etc. Learn from that.

  16. It is un wise to keep people away from being people’s representatives just because they don’t have grade 12 certificate.
    It is a shame indeed I have seen people with humble education who have done very well in politics and in business but why keep them away, I would like to see parliament where people can freely speak in their own language without intimidation.
    Zambia is Zambia and the people they represent don’t speak English why undervalue people in their own land.

  17. Mr Nkombo, I agree with you that members of your political party wishing to contest on UPND ticket must pay. This money is used to run political party’s activities. Just like members pay membership fees. Infact the K5000 Kwacha for MPs is very very law perhaps K 10,000 or K 20,000. But that depends on what the managers of UPND or their constitution stipulates. This is to eliminate “jokers” serious MP candidates can be sponsored by their constituencies and that will promote accountability. I would have loved my young brother Garry to make much more reference to their constitution on all the matters he announced. Garry Mwaiche, you cannot start warning those who intent to jump sheep to somewhere else that is a sign of dictatorship. Your political party is an association, and members…

  18. … Your political party is an association, and members can join and leave at will. If they choose to leave or decide to stand as independents it is non of your business. In a democracy that is the frredom they have.

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