The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has set Thursday 28th February 2013 as the date for Mpongwe parliamentary bye-election.
The ECZ has also set the same date for the local government bye-elections in the 25 wards in Chibombo, Kapiri Mposhi, Mkushi, Luangwa, Lusaka, Kabompo, Mwinilunga, Chavuma and Ithezi Tezhi districts.
The Mpongwe parliamentary seat fell vacant after its Member of Parliament, Gabriel Namulambe resigned from the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) and Joined the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) while the vacancies in the 25 wards arose from resignations, deaths, and defections of councillors.
ECZ Public Relations Manager Chris Akufuna has disclosed this in a statement issued to the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Lusaka today.
Mr. Akufuna has since urged candidates in the forthcoming bye-elections to lodge completed and attested statutory declaration and nomination papers before the magistrate, local court magistrate, head of a government primary or secondary school, principal of a college, Commissioner of Oaths, election officer or returning officer on 31st January next year.
He has also advised all aspiring candidates in the Mpongwe parliamentary bye-election to attend a nomination briefing on 29thJanuary next year at the Mpongwe civic centre.
Meanwhile, Mr. Akufuna has said the ECZ has set the period between Thursday 31st January and Tuesday 26th February 2013 as the campaign period for the forthcoming parliamentary and local government bye-elections.
He also said pursuant to section four of the Electoral Act No 13 of 2006, the commission has suspended voter registration from tomorrow, 28thDecember 2012 to 3rd March next year.