Let people protest if polls won’t be free-Magande

Let people protest if polls won’t be free-Magande

National Movement for Progress (NMP) Leader Ng’andu Magande says people who shall not be happy with results of tomorrow’s elections should be allowed to express themselves.
Magande told the Watchdog in an interview that there are laws to facilitate any action aggrieved citizens may wantto take.
“As a country we have laws that guides and govern us on electoral disputes especially if an election has been marred with controversy, people can protest and should not be stopped, allow the people to speak out let them take matters relating to that to court that is one way of protesting,” he said.
Magande said it was his hope that tomorrow’s election will be held under fair and enabling conditions.
“Zambians have always been peaceful people and I know that they will maintain and embrace peace during and after the elections any disputes that may arise it is also my appeal to all parties to allow the people to speak freely,” he said.
Meanwhile, residents from various districts in the Southern province have appealed to all political party leaders to observe peace.
“What we want is to continue carrying out our daily business normally, we don’t want to hear that people have gone on the streets, it will be bad for the country,” said Makwembo Titus.
Another resident of Gwembe Dora Kalimina who was found buying mealie meal and relish in bulk said, it was very difficult to predict the aftermath of the elections especially looking at the violence the
country recorded during the just ended campaign period.
“It seems anything is possible, so to be on the safe side we need to buy essential things in bulk to avoid any inconveniencies, the campaign period was marred with a lot of violence and if we are to
judge our elections on that then there is need to tighten security measures,” she said.
Penias Kahenya of Mazabuka told the Watchdog that any violence which will be recorded should be blamed on various political leaders because they have failed to restrain their members.

 

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