HH out, ECZ agree to defer Livingstone by-election (see photos at court)

HH out, ECZ agree to defer Livingstone by-election (see photos at court)

upndThe ECZ has decided to postpone the Livingstone by-election due to the violence that has rocked the dirty town in the past three days.

And UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has been released on court bail But other officials remain in detention. The Livingstone court rejected the argument by PF prosecutors to move the case to another town saying there was no valid reason since the alleged crime was committed in Livongstone. Hichilema is charged with proposing violence which resulted in the death of an imported PF Cadre.

upnd 2And the The Electoral Commission of Zambia has postponed tomorrow’s Livingstone parliamentary bye election to March 14 2013.

ECZ Chairperson Irene Mambilima told a media briefing in Lusaka this afternoon that the Livingstone election has been postponed due to the violence that has rocked the tourist city.

Justice Mambilima however clarified that the Mpongwe parliamentary bye election and several other ward elections will proceed tomorrow as planned.

She said the ECZ believes that the violent atmosphere in Livingstone would not have guaranteed a free and fair election.

upnd3Justice Mambilima said the decision by the ECZ is in line with the Electoral Act and that the next election date falls within the legally stipulated time frame.

She also called on the political parties to ensure that Zambia continues safeguarding its strong international image of holding violent free elections.

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