Worst elections ever! – UPND

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These are the most poorly organised elections Zambia has ever had, the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has charged.

And Forum for Democary and Development (FDD) presidential candidate, Edith Nawakwi has bemoaned the extreme poverty levels in the country, which she says is affecting her party’s election campaign program.

Adressing the media shortly after attending the Electoral of Commission Zambia (ECZ) presidential candidate briefing on behalf of UPND candidate Hakainde Hichilema, party secretary general Stephen Katuka said:

“Thise are worst elections ever held in Zambia. Just look at the issue of Malawian registered voters. Look at the exorbitant nomination fees. This is bad,” Katuka told journalist after being asked if UPND would concede defeat if they lost the elections considering the controversy surrounding the printing of ballot papers and the Malawian registered voters allegation.

“We have tried to raise a lot of issues with the ECZ but they said they shall call us next week. Today’s briefing was specifically meant to brief candidates,” he he said. “The other issue we raised was the limiting of number of supporters on the nomination day. This will be a big political event but ECZ are saying they shall only allow 100 supporters outside the Mulungushi International Conference Center and 20 inside the nomination center.”

Earlier, the FDD leader Edith Nawakwi walked out of the briefing just after President Lungu left.

“We have walked out; we have left them there still deliberating. We are rushing to mobilize nomination fees for almost all our candidates there is extreme poverty in this country and we are affected as FDD,” said Nawakwi who was accompanied by party spokesperson Anthonia Mwanza.

The briefing which was attended by President Edgar Lungu and Vice President Inonge Wina was hosted by the Electoral Commission of Zambia at Lusaka’s Intercontinental Hotel.

Others who attended the  briefing are Green Party’s Peter Sinkamba, United Progressive Party candidate Dr Savior Chishimba, Patriotic Front’s Davies Chama and Frank Bwalya and UPND’s legal affairs chairman Jack Mwiimbu. The Rainbow Party President Mr Wynter Kabimba was represented by his official.


11 Responses to Worst elections ever! – UPND

  1. There could be some truth in that. In the past, General elections have always been tripartite meaning a voter has three jobs of electing a president, MP and counsellor. We have seen in the past how slow the voting process has been where some voters 5 to 10 minutes to complete the process resulting in some voters being turnrd away because the voting time is only from 06:00 am to 18:00 hours. We should remember that our literacy levels are quite low hence the use of polling assistants. Now, for 2016 elections, each voter has 6 choices to make – choosing the president, MP, Councillor, Council chairperson Executive Mayor and the referendum choice between the eye and the ear (this is complicated for the illiterate or semi-illiterate voter). All this must be done between 06:00am and 18:00hours on 11th August 2016. It is clear that most voters will be turned away because the voting process is in all probabilities going to be slow and tedious. My surprise with the opposition parties is that they are just complaining instead of bringing out the implications of such a combination of issues. This is likely to cause confusions in some polling stations and where confusion reigns, the crooks triumph. Why are opposition parties not petitioning that the referendum and other choices be set for another time for instance? Don’t cry when they steal your victory. This is how it starts.

    Prof X
    May 28, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    • The points raised are correct. Opposition are sleeping. PF are cleverly pulling the carpet under their feet. They need to act if they don’t want to see red.

      Abdullah Musa
      May 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm

  2. Really ba opposition,don’t you have powers to petition?

    May 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    • Petion who?These corrupt judges.You are joking
      These elections have already been rigged and that is why am not going to vote any more.Zambia is a lost cause.

      Prophecy Today
      May 28, 2016 at 7:07 pm

  3. The opposition have themselves to blame…. It’s important that they take a giant step instead of allowing these things to happen … The printing of ballot papers in Dubai, referendum and foreigners to vote……. Complain ,complain ,complain you have yourselves to blame and it gonna be too late. These guys want to rig in fact they have started rigging yet you re just complaining……..

    May 28, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    • Doon, please suggest the way forward

      Rachel Nyemba
      May 28, 2016 at 4:34 pm

  4. You guys be fair, how many times have those issues been raised? It is the arrogance of your Chagwa and the ECZ. Chagwa and ECZ are going to plunge this country into bloodshed. Watch the pace.

    May 28, 2016 at 4:57 pm

  5. Opposition parties petition the matter of having a voter vote for many parts and also the president. When sending figures they will be mixing them with other figures . Pliz take this to court. Dont just complain.

    May 28, 2016 at 5:16 pm

  6. Tiza menyana chabe. Wet & see.

    May 28, 2016 at 5:32 pm

  7. The judiciary is controlled by PF and Chagwa. Who can the opposition cry to? Where is the International Community? Where is the Church? These things are happening and the Church is not saying anything! When there will be violence after elections then the Church will say let us hold a day of prayer. Such hypocricy.

    May 29, 2016 at 5:42 am

  8. All of you have spoken well.i can’t add or subtract

    May 29, 2016 at 6:39 am

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