Commonwealth observers urge party leaders to champion peace

The Commonwealth Observer Group says political party leaders have a duty to restrain their followers from perpetuating acts of violence in the run up to the September 20 polls.

Addressing journalists in Lusaka, Chairperson and delegation leader General Yakubu Gowon says reports of some acts of violence in certain parts of the country are unfortunate.

General Gowon, a former Nigerian Head of State, and his team are in the country on President Rupiah Banda’s invitation for international observers to monitor the general elections.

He has advised political party leaders to strictly adhere to the electoral code of conduct, to ensure a peaceful atmosphere is created ahead of next weeks’ polls.

General Gowon says every Zambian has a responsibility of facilitating a peaceful and credible election.

Meanwhile, another international observer team called the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa-EISA has arrived in the country.

EISA Mission Leader Yusuf Amboobaker says the team will meet several stakeholders, including the Electoral Commission of Zambia-ECZ, Civil Society Organisations and the media before the polls.

He further disclosed that the meetings aim at getting an understanding of what is on the ground.


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