Five candidates contesting the forth-coming Livingstone Parliamentary by elections successfully filed in their nominations at Livingstone City Council on Thursday.
The first candidate to file his nomination was for Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), Fred Siasuntwe, at 10:00hrs, followed by Regina Musokotwane at 12:17hrs, who filed in on the United Party for National Development (UPND) ticket.
The Patriotic Front’s candidate, Lawrence Evans, turned up for his nominations at 13:40hrs, while United National Independence Party candidate, Green Mwanang’ombe, turned up at 14:30hrs.
The other candidate who turned up for the exercise was Angela Ikabongo on the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) ticket.
George Muyaya, an independent candidate who could have raised the number of candidates to six (6), was denied to do so by the Returning Officer, Elester Hazingi, due to late turn up.
Speaking after their nominations, all candidates were confident of winning the seat.
MMD’s Fred Siasuntwe said he was sure of scooping the seat by a large percentage.
Mr Siasuntwe said once voted in, he will ensure that water and electricity supply are improved in the constituency.
And UPND’s candidate, Regina Musokotwane, noted that development cannot be achieved by an individual.
She said once she takes up the seat she will ensure that she works with the people as there is more that needs to be done to develop the constituency.
Meanwhile, the PF’s candidate, Lawrence Evans, said as a person who has grown up in Livingstone, he is aware of the challenges that are faced in the area.
Mr Evans, who was confident of scooping the seat with a 100% margin, pledged his hard work to ensure that the challenges of poor road infrastructure and garbage collection among others are worked on.
Similarly, the RCP candidate, Angela Ikabongo, pledge her commitment to further developthe area once voted into office.
And George Muyaya, who could not file his nomination, said he will rally behind the PF’s candidate during the campaign.
Mr Muyaya said he is willing to work with Mr Evans to develop the area.
The Livingstone by elections will take place on 28th February, 2013, together with the Mpongwe Parliamentary by elections.
The seat fell vacant after former UPND Member of Parliament resigned from the part.