Political violence saddens ECZ

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The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has called on the Police to undertake investigations into the violence that occurred during the just ended by-elections.

ECZ Public Relations Manager, Margaret Chimanse says the commission has noted with regret the violence that occurred during the elections in Sesheke, Lundazi and Mufumbwe.

Chimanse says the commission is concerned that such violence makes it impossible for the electorate to freely exercise their right to vote.

“The Commission notes with regret the violence that occurred during the polls in Sesheke, Lundazi and Mufumbwe. The Commission is concerned that such violence makes it difficult for the electorate to freely exercise their right to vote. We, therefore, urge the Police to undertake necessary investigations and to bring to book all culprits,” stated Chimanse.

She said in a statement to Zambian Eye that the Commissions mandate is to conduct free and fair elections and hence the reliance on law enforcement agencies to maintain law and order during elections.

And the Commission has strongly urged political party leaders to take responsibility and demonstrate leadership by condemning political violence.

“We, therefore, call upon the Zambia Police to ensure that they consistently uphold professionalism during the execution of their duties.

“Additionally, the Commission strongly urges political party leaders to take responsibility and demonstrate leadership by condemning political violence. Violence has the potential to undermine the electoral process, if not addressed immediately.

“The Commission hopes that in the wake of the country’s democratic dispensation, political parties can gain maturity by participating in elections without exhibiting acts of violence,” Chimanse said.

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