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The problem Zambia faces during Elections is Failure to Accept Results by the losing party-President Lungu

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President Edgar Lungu says the will of the people of Zambia on August 12, 2021 will be respected.

“All political players should follow the rules that govern the electoral process because the problem that Zambia is facing during elections is the failure to accept results by the losing party,” he said.

The Head of State said this at State House in Lusaka today when he held a meeting with European Union (EU) envoys accredited to Zambia.

“The EU should help to make political players know that the rule of the game is win or lose meaning that if one loses elections they should go back to the drawing board and look at how they can improve next time unlike causing confusion,” he said.

President Lungu said some politicians always claimed that election results were rigged yet they could not point out how that was done.
“EU is welcome to monitor the elections and to point out how Zambia can improve it’s democracy,” he said.

President Lungu pointed out that what happened in America after elections was a bad example of democracy.

“America has been a democratic Country for more than 200 years but those events showed that they have not yet perfected their democracy,” he said.

President Lungu said those dealing with African countries like Zambia needed to refer to history and understand that democracy was a continuous process that was being perfected with time.

He said Zambia would continue working with the EU in various sectors.

The Republican President also said security concerns in Mozambique were being monitored by SADC.

And European Union (EU) Head of Delegation to Zambia Jacek Jankowski said the EU appreciated President Lungu’s commitment towards holding democratic, free and fair elections.

“The EU will help Zambia financially in holding free and fair elections and following Your Excellency’s invitation, EU will deploy election observers,” Mr. Jankowski said.

He also said EU was pleased to see that the Covax vaccination drive against COVID -19 had started very well in Zambia

President Edgar Lungu receives a ball with covid-19 message from European Union Ambassador Mr.Jacek Jankowski at State House
President Edgar Lungu receives a ball with covid-19 message from European Union Ambassador Mr.Jacek Jankowski at State House

,President Edgar Lungu talks to European Union Ambassador Mr.Jacek Jankowski when EU delegation paid a courtesy call on him at State House
,President Edgar Lungu talks to European Union Ambassador Mr.Jacek Jankowski when EU delegation paid a courtesy call on him at State House

36 COMMENTS

  1. The elephant in the room is rigging, all manner of vote buying and wholesale manipulation – collectively the root cause. This is what you should be more concerned about and be addressing Mr. Prezd0.

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  2. Incidentally Edgar Lungu refuses to accept his (and PF’s) failures on the diverse economic issues. Pot calling the kettle black.

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  3. This coming from the thief’s mouth. I just hope these European diplomats have kept an eye this convict and his minions dishing out cash and so called gifts in the name of empowerment.

    Giving cash to the public is bribery and corruption, buying off votes.

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  4. A snake speaking with a forked tongue. The devil thinks that it will always have its way imposing itself. God will help his people.

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  5. If anyone has any thread of hope in these EU Observer chaps helping to ensure free and fair elections, the following should help you come to terms with reality: “European Union (EU) Head of Delegation to Zambia Jacek Jankowski said the EU appreciated President Lungu’s commitment towards holding democratic, free and fair elections.” So Jankowski has seen Lungu’s commitment based on what – Lungu’s repeated statements?? In this fight for free and fair elections, Zambians should know they are on their own.

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  6. The problem is that you think Zambian’s are very very stupid. Which rules are you talking about, we have had votes stolen in Kalulushi before and the some bribery of 2016 is back. The UPND Kalulushi Candidate Evaristo Mwalilino’s  driver revealed how HH and GBM’s Kalulushi Constituency  votes where concealed went viral after it was aired on Prime TV.

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  7. Busy insulting us. How can we vote for a failure and a cause of our miseries, unless we are insane. Good bye Sir. Go get a hobby away from your current failed job.

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  8. Comedian, meanwhile Nawakwi, 7 senior OP officials and 5 State House officials were aliged to be locked up in a meeting in Lusaka West as they strategise on how to stop HH from appearing on the ballot or kill him if possible.
    Nawakwi entered the Intelligence offices situated in Lusaka West around 02:00 AM on 28th April and had her phone confiscated so that she doesn’t communicate with anyone.
    Everyone attending this meeting had their phones confiscated at the gate and only Koswe managed to enter inside with a smart phone.
    The gate has been locked since 02:00 hours and no one is allowed to enter or leave the premises.
    Top of the agenda here is on how UPND President HH will be blocked from filing in for Presidency by either arresting or killing him before 17 May, 2021.
    Even if you…

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  9. The problem is the Ruling PF Party using unfair ways to steal the 2021 Elections. Already there are fears that the New Voters Roll has been rigged, ECL is stealing an illegal and unconstitutional Third Term, Printing of Ballot Papers is not transparent, ECL thru Nawakwi is busy trying to Block HH from filing his Nomination Papers, there is no level playing field, PF Leaders and Cadres are buying votes openly etc. ECL is a hypocrite. He promises International Monitors and Observers free,fair,credible and peaceful Elections during the Day but during the Night he is busy scheming how to rig the same Election in his favour. As August 12 approaches we will see more attempts by ECL to rig the 2021 Elections. ECL is not telling us what he is doing practically to make the 2021 Elections…

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  10. What the President there is saying is very true The odds are against the Opposition parties PF has more voters and support base in its strongholds and seemingly lesser stronger base Its a likeable political party that has deliverred some Developments in centres and locations to support the Trades and Investments We have seen the decongesting of roads and creation of smart cities 50 kilometres away from the CBDs to decongest and move offices to locations Its expected as one could read the Best manifestor amongst the cities that the PF is trying to move to create special economic zones in sectors and attracting FDIs especially original manufactires to…

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  11. Elections in Zambia are going to be violent, rigged and disputed becoz of ECL. ECL knows he can’t win free,fair and Credible Elections against HH and UPND. He knows that with HH on the Ballot Paper he cannot garner the required 50%+1 vote threshold. To retain Power ECL has rigged the Voters Roll, he is stealing a Third Term, he will not allow a level playing field etc. ECL thinks International Monitors and Observers are naive and will accept his word that Elections will be credible. On the ground ECL is doing everything that he can to rig the Election in his favour. The signs are there that Elections in August 2021 will be violent, rigged and disputed unless ECL changes course.The writing is on the wall.

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  12. Its expected as one could read the Best manifestor amongst the cities that the PF is trying to move to create special economic zones in sectors and attracting FDIs especially original manufactires to supports Jobs and Productivitity to up GDP and mitigate to moderate inflationary espections to moderate demand site inflationary expectios over the longterm

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  13. Noooooo , the problem is , you lungu , can not win any free and fair election….period

    The opposition are against ZP, ZA , ZNS , OP, the judiciary, BOZ, the treasury ……

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  14. A review of Numbers or statistics also comfirms than given campaigns and voter assurance The upper and lower bands of the voters roll shows the statistics in favour of PF the median voters and the mean which is to the right of the median at 60% votes comfirms a positive voters skewness to PF meaning that PF may win the votes by more than 200000 votes but not as much as 500000 The number of voters registerred shows a coefficient of variations that is in favour PF So numbers donot lie but the winning party must focus and not lose strategy and keep its promises in its new manifestos

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  15. I like that our president pointed out to the EU envoys what happened in the US elections. Strange how quick they are to lecture a peaceful country like Zambia on free and fair elections when countries like Chad, Senegal and Myanmar face insurgency due to failure to uphold democracy.

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  16. ECL has a short memory. In 2008 when RB narrowly won the Presidential Election beating Sata,PF complained that those Elections Results were rigged. PF even Petitioned that Election. The problem in Zambia is that the Ruling PF Party has been Rigging Elections since 2015 using State Captured Electoral Institutions. ECL can’t win free,fair and credible Elections in Zambia against HH. So to retain Power ECL is busy directing the Electoral Institutions to rig the 2021 Elections in his favour. As of now ECL is breaching the Constitution to steal a Third Term having held Office twice, elected and sworn in twice in 2015 and 2016. Concourt will consider ECL’s Eligibility Petition but given its past performance we are not hopeful that Concourt can impartially adjudicate this issue. The…

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  17. Thank you Mr. President. You have nailed it right on the head.

    ECL will be declared winner on 13 August Midnight
    EU, SADC, UN and other observers will declare elections free and fair as before
    Under 5 and Sangwa will have their petition thrown out
    Under supporters will storm parliament in Capitol Hill style and will be arrested and jailed.
    Finally Under 5 will also be jailed for life at Mukobeko for treason.

    Wtach this space

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  18. ECL is a wolf in a sheepskin. He has the audacity to condemn American Elections but on the ground he is busy rigging the 2021 Zambian Elections. EU should not be fooled by this hypocrite. EU must know that ECL is double faced and doesn’t do what he is says. ECL has recruited Nawakwi to block HH from filing his Nomination Papers. Nawakwi has said that she will not rest until HH is arrested b4 August 2021 Elections and his name removed from the Ballot Paper. We all know that Jezebel Nawakwi is acting on orders from ECL to harm and eliminate HH from the Presidential Race. ECL is in a dilemma. He knows with HH on the Ballot he can’t get the required 50%+1 vote threshold. The only way ECL can retain Power is to rig the 2021 Elections. Besides ECL has held Office twice and has been…

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  19. Don’t go in an election you have already lost. Don’t talk about rigging. Michael Chilufya Sata won 2011 elections that were both heavily funded and seemingly rigged. He won because of charisma, strategic political positioning, positivity and large genuine followers. Does UPND have what it takes? I hope so.

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  20. Zambians have always accepted election results when they lose fairly. The courts are there to settle grievances but in 2016, the immature Con Court bench failed to do its job. It did not rule on the president-elect handing over to the Speaker and it did not pronounce that one Edgar Chagwa Lungu was duly elected. Furthermore, he was not sworn in by the CJ or deputy CJ. Unfortunately also, the PF have already sowed so many seeds that will sprout to be used to challenge results in their favour come August 12. The elections are already not free and fair even before the campaigns start or the first vote is cast. Lungu is sowing seeds of discontent.

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  21. @The Realist. U are spot on. The Role of ECZ and Concourt in the 2016 Elections was appalling and compromised. ECZ thru Esau Chulu was controlled and given orders by ECL to rig the Election in his favour. There was that Lundazi debacle,the Chavula Computer Rigging, Chitilika fake Constituency, the Kalulushi grave Ballots, the G12 circus etc. At the instigation of ECL, Concourt made lots of mistakes which we hope it will correct this Election Cycle. How Concourt will handle ECL’s Eligibility issue will either erode or improve Confidence in our Electoral Institutions. It’s high time Concourt started discharging its duty impartially and Professionally to inspire confidence in it. If Concourt repeats mistakes made in 2016 they risk starting a Civil War in Zambia given the poor state of…

  22. As much as ECL would like to win the 2021 Elections he realises that an Election declared not free,fair and credible would have dire consequences on the Zambian Economy. ECL is now budgeting for a Peaceful and smartly rigged Election which will give him legitimacy from the International Community. The problem is how to rig the Election smartly and gain recognition. ECL’s comment on American Elections may come to haunt him.The challenge 4 ECL is how to get 50%+1 vote threshold without excessive Election Rigging. We shall see how ECL will manage the 2021 Election and get the recognition that he yearns. We shall see what shenanigans ECZ and Concourt will play to deliver a win to ECL. The writing is on the wall.

  23. I like what president Lungu has said. In addition to that all presidential candidates should be subjected to Zambian Constitution Article 106 (1), (2) and (3). That is applicable to candidates.

  24. In 2011 when RB realised that Zambians had spoken he was magnanimous and decided to uphold the Constitution and accepted defeat. Will ECL do the same if he lost to HH? ECL can’t accept that he has held Office twice and has been elected and sworn in twice in terms of the Constitution. Is he the kind of Person who can accept defeat if he looses this Election to HH? Zambians have seen the true colours of ECL for the last 61/2 years. The Economy is in a mess, poverty has increased, lawlessness has increased, the Police,the Courts have been politicised, even Policemen are being beaten by PF Cadres, we saw ZPS killing Nsama Nsama and Joseph Kaunda,Civil Servants being threatened with death by PF Cadres, PF corruption is unprecedented etc. Do Zambians want a continuation of bad…

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  25. I wonder how some under5 supporters think what make them think hh is going to win…I doubt maybe pa social media..The pf government have worked and can take that away from them..And the under5 god has a lot of issues Kalomo farm, privatization,workers pension….etc

  26. The bloggers from Zimbabwe ?? incidentally use the same style of language and articulation of ideas, do they live in the same house or is it the same UPND style of duplicating the same blogger with different names. If you are voting only one vote counts. Fake impressions do not win elections only register voters contribute towards winning an elections and it is one vote per person. Most people know that Hakainde had already lost because he does not have the countable numbers to win an election. Yes, He had noise makers but ECZ does not count noise it counts votes.

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  27. The president talks about free and fair elections, but that’s after he has shut down The Post, instructs ZNBC and all other media to just talk about PF etc.etc. Free and fair? The guy has no idea about honesty

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  28. Elections have been disputed since 2001 and from there you can guess without a blink which party has lost the most and claimed votes were stolen. ECL was right here.

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  29. Boby wine thought he had it…..its coming we know who we will vote for …no we will not stop under 5 from writing his name on the ballot he will be there and suffer his heaviest defeat yet..there is a third force emerging its coming in big soon after 2021 it will be the next big thing in politics…

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