Kenny Ngona, the aspiring UPND parliamentary candidate for Chipili has asked Inspector General of the police to quickly forward the list of police officers who will be deployed during elections.
Ngona says giving ECZ the list of police officers and where they will be deployed in good time will enable ECZ make arrangements for the officers to vote wherever they will be working from on voting day.
Below is Ngona’s letter:
The IG of Police
Mr Kakoma Kanganja
REMINDING YOU TO SUBMIT TO ECZ THE LIST OF ALL POLICE OFFICERS THAT WILL BE DEPLOYED DURING VOTING DAY.
I do hereby remind you on the above captioned. As IG I’m sure you can do better and respond to the request which was made by Electoral commission of Zambia which was received by your office some many months ago.
I am concerned that your silence on this matter suggest that you intend to disenfranchise thousands of police officers who will be deployed during the day of voting.
We don’t anticipate or want a repeat of what happened last year during the presidential by election when police officers could not vote due to the casual approach by your office when it failed to release the list of deployed police officers to ECZ for necessary arrangements so that will be allowed to vote wherever they will be posted to work on voting day.
This is a reminder to you sir to make sure that police officers deployed at various polling stations shall be allowed to vote this August. Can your office quickly furnish ECZ with the names of police officers to be deployed so that all of them should be allowed to vote.
You have demonstrated that you mean well as IG, but don’t disappoint the many men in uniform that want to vote in this years election. Allowing them to vote in the various polling stations they will be deployed will be a plus to our democracy.
We await to hear that the list of officers has been submitted by your office Sir in due course.
Yours in service for the people,
UPND Chipili Constituency