ECZ threatens to cut campaign period due to PF violance

ECZ threatens to cut campaign period due to PF violance

10933890_883084878408930_4828065225149085658_nThe Electoral Commission has threatened to end the campaign before the scheduled end date of 19th January, 2015 if the political violence perpetuated by PF in various parts of the country continues.

ECZ, through its Public Relations Manager Crispin Akufuna also called on the Zambia Police Service to ensure that perpetrators of violence and anyone caught abrogating the Electoral Code of Conduct is dealt with firmly without fear of favour, irrespective of which politiAkafuna-ECZcal party they belong to.
Mr Akufuna says the Commission reminds all political parties participating in the presidential election that it is their responsibility to restrain their members and cadres from provoking their opponents and inciting violence.
He said that leaders of political parties have an even greater responsibility to lead by example by promoting tolerance and peace and setting the tone for a level playing field for free and fair elections.
Mr Akufuna reminded all political parties that they have a duty to ensure that their candidates, cadres and supporters abide by the electoral regulations, including the Code of Conduct.
He said that the ECZ will soon convene a meeting of all the participating political parties, the church and other stakeholders to chart a way forward on the ugly scourge of violence.

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