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ECZ refuses to bow to PF demands in Monze

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The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has refused to bow to the ruling Patriotic Front’s demand to postpone the ward by-election in Mwanza, Monze district.

PF secretary general Davies Mwila had urged the Commission to postpone the poll following the violence that he said had characterised the campaigns.

Chama alleged that the opposition UPND had resorted to violence, attacking PF members.

But in a statement below to Zambian Eye, the Commission says the situation in Mwanza is calm to warrant a free and fair election next week and that it has put up security measures to grant security.

ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA
Elections House
Haile Selassie Avenue
P O Box 50274
LUSAKA
19th April, 2018

PRESS RELEASE

MONZE ELECTORAL VIOLENCE
The Commission received complaints from stakeholders on incidents of
electoral violence in Mwanza East Ward of Monze District.
The Commission has since made its assessment of the situation in the affected
Ward in conjunction with the Zambia Police and the District Electoral Officer.
Its findings are that the environment is now calm and in addition, security has
been beefed up.
Further, the District Conflict Management Committee in Monze engaged with
stakeholders on 18th April, 2018 and recommended that the by-election in
Mwanza East Ward should proceed as scheduled.
Accordingly, the Commission has resolved that the by-election in Mwanza
East Ward should proceed on the 24th of April, 2018.
Raphael Phiri
Public Relations Officer
For/The Commission
ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA

Photo: Polling in progress in Kamwala during the 2016 elections.

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