More ask ECZ to respect SDA’s rights to vote in Chilanga, Mpulungu

The Southern African Center for onstructive resolution of Disputes SACCORD has accused the electoral commission of Zambia ECZ of discriminating against the Seventh Day  Adventist  (SDA) members.
The ECZ has recently come under fire after announcing that the Chilanga and Mpulungu by elections will be held on the 30th October, a Saturday.

SACCORD executive director, Lee Habasonda has challenged the electoral commission of Zambia ECZ not to disregard calls by the SDA headquarters and reschedule the Chilanga by election date.

Mr. Habasonda says that it is prudent that the ECZ respect the religious right of the SDAs and not disfranchise them on the basis that they might be a minority group of voters.

Mr. Habasonda says that ECZ be tramping on the religious rights of the SDAs if the commission does not considers making changes to the poll date and a lot of people will be disfranchised.

He says that it is important that serious and due attention is given to the matter in order to ensure that everyone’s view is put into consideration.

He has however challenged all people who worship on Saturday to take time to petition the commission on the mater and ensure that their right to vote is not violated.

Lusaka lawyer Kelvin Hang’andu and the All Peoples Congress (APC) leader Ken Ngondo are amongst some of those that have expressed displeasure at the ECZ decision on the by election date. The MMD candidate for Chilanga also says he is SDA.


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