Nawakwi calls for disbanding of ECZ

Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi has demanded for the disbanding of the entire Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for mismanaging the August 11 elections.
Nawakwi has further charged that the country was on auto pilot following the leadership vacuum created after the petitioning of PF president Edgar Lungu’s’ victory’ by the UPND.
Nawakwi lamented that 20 days after the elections, the country was moving without direction and stressed that it was wishful thinking for one to say there was no leadership vacuum yet parliament is dissolved and there is no executive.
She said there was need to disband the entire Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) so that new people who can be trusted by Zambians are brought in.
Nawakwi charged that the current ECZ leadership was stubborn as they keep on ignoring concerns raised by various stakeholders.
She wondered why ECZ printed ballots in Dubai despite protests by stakeholders and claimed that the quality of the ballot papers was very poor and could be reproduced from Katondo Street as they lacked security features.
State House Press Aid Amos Chanda on Tuesday claimed that there was no power vacuum as Lungu was in ‘charge’ of the executive.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is currently holding its 36th Ordinary Summit in Mbabane, Swaziland where Zambia has sent a low key delegation led by Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Chalwe Lombe as Lungu and his Vice Inonge Wina are not in a position to represent the country.

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