26th July, 2013
PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE THAT HAVE EMERGED VICTORIOUS IN THE BY ELECTION HELD YESTERDAY (25th JULY, 2013)
Operation Young Vote would like to congratulate the political parties and candidates that participated in the by elections that were held yesterday, 25th July, 2013 in the four constituencies. Accolades also go to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for their unmatched resolve to conduct not only peaceful by credible elections even in unfriendly circumstances. Specific tribute goes to the United Party for National Development (UPND) and its two (2) candidates for Kafulafuta and Solwezi East for scooping the two parliamentary seats. Further congratulations go to the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) and its candidate and the Patriotic Front (PF) and its candidate for emerging victorious in the Chipata Central and Mkushi North respectively.
The results of these elections are a resounding endorsement of the victors by the people of Zambia particularly the electorates of the respective constituencies.
Our appeal as OYV is that those that have won should ensure that the electorate that has chosen them and their constituencies should come first and not their personal endeavors.
To the PF Government, our message is that they should spread development to all parts of our country including the constituencies which have been scooped by the opposition candidates/political parties. If the PF is to be taken seriously by the citizens as being a Government for the people they have to change their approach to development and not concentrate in areas occupied by representatives from the PF itself.
The PF defeat by the opposition UPND and MMD in Kafulafuta, Solwezi East and Chipata Central respectively is not only a wake-up call but also an indicator that Zambians cannot accept to be taken for a ride by those given the privilege to be in authority to administer resources on their behalf.
Guess Nyirenda (Mr.)