2016 elections were held in a credible manner – Commonwealth

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The Commonwealth Secretariat says Zambia’s August 11, 2016 general elections were held in a credible manner.

 

In a letter addressed to President Edgar Lungu, dated March 16, 2017 by the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland also praises opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema for having followed the right channel to challenge the outcome of the elections by going to court.

 

Ms Scotland says the elections were conducted in a credible, inclusive and orderly manner.

 

Ms. Scotland has since assured President Lungu of her organization’s continued support to the country.

 

The Commonwealth team were recently in Zambia where they met Hichilema and Vice president Inonge Wina. And during the meeting, Hichilema urged the Commonwealth to be proactive.

 

He told the delegation that his supporters were prepared to use any means including going to the streets if he did not stop them to reclaim what he called as stolen victory by Edgar Lungu and PF.

 

Hichilema also said the August 2016 had left the country divided and that the tension in the country was high.

 

But State House in response urged Hichilema not to mislead the world saying he lost the elections fairly. Presidential Press Aide Amos Chanda said President Lungu had won in six out of 10 provinces adding that his election had been endorsed by election observers.

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10 Responses to 2016 elections were held in a credible manner – Commonwealth

  1. This letter does not look authentic this is a lie Common Wealth is a rich organisation and they are not short of headed papers,Chanda stop cheating they carried out a detailed research and they have facts…THEY CAN NOT GIVE A SKELETON INFORMATION AND DECLARE A FREE AND FAIR ELECTION UNLESS THEY ARE INSANE!!!!Even a school going child knows the elections were not fair and free.What Chanda has to know is HE WILL ONE DAY ACCOUNT FOR ALL THESE LIES HE IS FLUTTERING PEOPLE

    SHARON MULENGA
    March 18, 2017 at 10:00 pm
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  2. The most important statement from the Commonwealth is that the UPND Petition exists and it must be heard.A time Table to Hear and determine the Petition is now required. Lungu had wished the Petition dead and burried but unfortunately for him it remains alive and will continue to haunt him. The Commonwealth,AU,SADC and UN are now aware that Lungu is using delaying tactics to Hear the Petition and deliberately prolonging his illegal stay in State House. Lungu is in a dilemma. If he keeps using delaying tactics to Hear the Petition this will annoy these International and Regional Bodies. If he allows the Hearing of the Petition he will be committing political suicide becoz the Petitioners have overwhelming evidence to show that Lungu lost the 2016 Election,stole the Election Victory from HH and is In State House illegally. Lungu is between a Rock and a Hard Place.

    Zulu
    March 18, 2017 at 10:08 pm
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  3. Yes they could have been free,credible and fair madam Scotland,especially if you jetted into Lusaka on the last flight on the 16th of Aug 2016,checked into hotel intercontinental,watched ZNBC news evening news,then emailed your report the following morning after browsing through the Times of Zambia by the poolside,later chauffuer driven to KKIA,and back home,free,fair,credible who gives a damn anyway!

    manluche
    March 18, 2017 at 11:19 pm
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  4. Elections can be held in a credible manner but may be not credible.was the 51% thresh hold achieved for the winner? Have the nine boxes picked from Kampala by Ethopian airways and delivered to lusaka at 03:00 in the morning before voting started been accounted for?

    Kenjay
    March 19, 2017 at 12:00 am
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  5. @Sharon Mulenga. Thanks for alerting us. I have also checked on their Website and the Letterhead and the placement of the Logo by Amos Chanda betrays him. There is no such letter from the Commonwealth SG declaring the 2016 Zambian Elections as Credible. Its all Amos Chanda’s Propaganda to reduce pressure on the Call to the beleaguered Illegitimate Lungu Regime to allow the Hearing of the Petition. Lungu wants to mislead Zambians to think that he has been recognized by the Commonwealth SG. These are all lies by Amos Chanda. The Commonwealth,AU,EU,SADC and UN want the Petition heard urgently and bring the Zambian Election Dispute to a close. Lungu must know that there is nobody from the International Community who will tell him that it is No Longer necessary to Hear the Petition and that he can stay in State House without hearing the Petition. Nobody will recognize Lungu as Legitimate President until the Petition is heard,determined and a Court declares Lungu the Winner of the 2016 Election. Lungu cannot avoid the Petition Hearing process and expect to be recognized as the Legitimate President of Zambia. This is wishful thinking by Amos Chanda and Lungu but Nothing like that will happen.Ayopa Chani? #Let the Petition Heard without fail.

    Moya
    March 19, 2017 at 5:43 am
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  6. Leave all these to the Courts young men. But go on developing the nation even if the opposite comes out.

    SENIOR BINO
    March 19, 2017 at 7:37 am
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  7. Lungu’s behaviour over the UPND Petition defies common logic. If a person is accused of Shoplifting for example it is normal for the accused to deney shoplifting and accepting to be body searched. If nothing is found on his body then he will be exonerated from the alleged theft and set free. Why is Lungu refusing to be body search? Its obvious that a Person who has stolen something and is refusing to reveal the exhibit has indeed stolen.Lungu is blocking the Petition Hearing becoz he has skeletons in the Cupboard. Until we know what Lungu stole and how he stole the Election he will remain a Vote Thief and in Custody. Lungu can illegally stay in State House but we wont recognise him as our Legitimate President. If Lungu allowed the Petition Hearing and proved that he truly and genuinely won the 2016 Presidential Election most of Zambians would have no dificulties in recognising him as President after the Court has declared him the Winner. Its that simple!!

    Mwiinga
    March 19, 2017 at 9:10 am
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  8. The Commonwealth Spokesman has just issued a Statement saying the Letter dated 17th March 2017 is fake. The last communication that the Commonwealth had on Zambian Elections was in 2016 when Inonge Wina visited London. The Letter dated 17th March 2017 is therefore fraudulent. The Commonwealth Spokesman has denied saying the 2016 Elections were free,fair and credible. The Spokesman said there is no way the Commonwealth could have written such a Letter as they know that the Elections were Petitioned and that Petition is still in the Zambian Courts.Furthermore the Commonwealth has a Fact Finding Mission in Zambia to get an update on the Election and the UPND Presidential Petition. Like we said b4 the letter is fake and meant to mislead Zambians to believe that the Commonwealth SG has recognized the Illegitimate Lungu as President of Zambia. That is false.The Commonwealth has underlined that until the Petition is heard ,determined and the Court declares a Winner, Zambia has No Legitimate President as of now. As observed earlier the Letter was a fiction of imagination by Amos Chanda and Kalaba. Lungu Ayopa Chani?#Let the Petition be Heard without fail.

    Zulu
    March 19, 2017 at 3:06 pm
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  9. this is a shit of a letter from ka Amos Chanda not madam Scotland. we know pf they always pray that such is written about the 11 election. chanda tell us about chavula and 8000 votes given to chakolwa in lundazi so u call that credible? even yourself could have accepted those results and sing praises to such crap of a letter heeeee!!

    ngwenyama
    March 19, 2017 at 9:01 pm
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  10. The funny thing is that the commonwealth had promised release the full report of the previous election a month after the release of the interim report, but up to now we can not see the final report, then of a suddenly we this report. Where is the final report from the observers that were here monitoring the elections? There is no way the commonwealth secretary can say this without the actual final report from the monitors.

    Lukwesa Mubanga
    March 20, 2017 at 10:22 am
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