CEG welcomes PF internal elections

The Centre for Elections and Governance (CEG) Zambia has observed that the major problem affecting the opposition Patriotic Front (PF) is the inability by the party to hold elections at all levels to demonstrate good governance.

CEG Trustee Gershom Musonda says this has frustrated some senior party members and opted quitting from the party.

Mr Musonda in press statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today that some members have lost hope because only regular internal democratic elections were held and not the actual convention.

Mr Musonda however welcomed the revelations by PF leader Michael Sata that the party is going to hold elections at ward and constituency levels before holding a national convention soon.

He said holding elections will also stop the practice of imposing non-resident candidates on local people for democracy to grow at grassroots level.

Mr Musonda pointed out that the elections will also resolve internal differences as members will respect the outcome of the polls and accept the principle of losing and winning in a poll.

He stressed that UPND should embark on a similar exercise, so that the merger can have a joint tested leadership.

He said the decision is timely because by now, the PF is popular countrywide hence the need for the elections to have tested leaders at all levels.

Mr Musonda said the decision by PF to form a pact with another big opposition party, the United Party for National Development (UPND) has strengthened the party further.

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