Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Zambia: Transparency International commends electoral body

Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) has commended the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for being inclusive ahead of next week’s presidential election.

TIZ Executive Director Goodwell Lungu notes that the ECZ is doing a commendable job and has encouraged electoral stakeholders to raise issues of concern with the Commission if the confidence levels in the electoral process are to be enhanced.

Lungu says what happened yesterday where United Party for National Development impounded ECZ trucks which were carrying some election materials is unfortunate.

He states that it is in this regard that TIZ appeals to all political parties to avoid spreading false information during this period as it has the potential to raise people’s emotions and lead to negative reaction.

Lungu stresses that there is need for all stakeholders to avoid throwing the country into turmoil.

He has since urged all political parties to be patient and ensure they verify any information with ECZ before alarming the nation.

Lungu has however expressed confidence that all stakeholders will work closely with ECZ and give support to the Commission before, during and after the 20th January, 2015 election.

Meanwhile, Disability, HIV and AIDS Human Rights Activist Elijah Ngwale says the Electoral Commission of Zambia should be blamed for the misunderstanding that led to UPND cadres impounding the trucks carrying election materials.

Ngwale says this because the ECZ did not inform relevant stakeholders that they will be transporting election material by road from South Africa.

-Zambia Reports

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