FODEP okays campaign period announcement

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FODEP has welcomed the official announcement of the campaign period by the Electoral Commission of Zambia.

The ECZ has announced the official campaign period which runs from May 16, 2016 to August 10, 2016.

Acting FODEP Executive Director Chimfwembe Mweenge in a statement to Zambian Eye has urged political parties to utilise this period to sale their manifesto to the Voters.

Below is the statement in full:

Lungu addressing a rally in Kitwe

Lungu addressing a rally in Kitwe

HH addressing supporters

HH addressing supporters

We wish to reiterate that political parties should use this opportunity to sale their manifestos more truthfully, accountably and realistically. The Zambian People are expecting less of   sloganeering but more of realistic policy alternatives to the social, economic and political malaise facing our nation. We expect competitive campaign messages around how to reduce mealie meal prices, load shedding, youth unemployment, macroeconomic stability, improving governance conditions and so on.

Further, it is our expectation  that  political parties shall campaign peacefully , responsibly ,tolerable within the confines of article No 60 of the amended constitution no 2 of 2016 abhorring hate speech, name calling, violent behaviours and all forms of intimidation against each other and the general populace .

We equally want to urge  all political players in the 2016 electoral race that this campaign period equally places an equal responsibility on them to fully comply  and subscribe to the electoral code of conduct as backed by constitutional provision in   article no 60 clause 2  (g) .We further urge  them to  realise that fanning  violence and all its forms as we had witnessed most recently and last year  during presidential by election  in certain areas claimed to be political strongholds  or no go areas for certain political parties  shall not be tolerated .As acts of violence are in direct contravention of article no 60 clause 3 (b) .As an institution  speaking on behalf of peace loving Zambians we shall not hesitate to test the  constitutional court on the those who will be found on the wrong side of the law.

   Media houses are to take stock of the Constitutionalisation of media coverage of political parties and candidates contesting elections as directed by Article 50 of the amended constitution no 2 of 2016. As such it is expected that all contesting parties and candidates shall be given fair and equal coverage during this campaign period.

 

Signed by Chimfwembe Mweenge

Acting Executive Director

Foundation for Democratic Process.

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