The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has expressed concern over the conduct of Paramount Chief Mpezeni during the Patriotic Front (PF) rally which was held in Chipata over the weekend.
ECZ Acting Public Relations Manager, Sylvia Bwalya, says it was against the law for Chief Mpezeni to openly campaign for the PF candidate in the July 25 by election, Lameck Mangani.
Ms Bwalya said this in a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today over some aspects of the PF political advertisement which was aired on ZNBC where Paramount Chief Mpezeni asked the audience to support Mr Mangani.
She said the conduct exhibited by the traditional ruler is an abrogation of Section 129 of the Republican Constitution which forbids chiefs from participating in partisan politics.
Ms Bwalya said the Commission has since advised all chiefs who are invited to political functions to desist from making partisan statements.
She said the commission will continue to sensitise chiefs in areas where by-elections are being held on the importance of being non partisan and the need for them to desist from coercing or intimidating their subjects during campaigns, public debates or elections.
Meanwhile, the ECZ has advised media houses in the country to adhere to the provision of the Electoral Code of Conduct to only allow 30 minutes of airing a political advert programme.