RB: soldiers and police will continue safeguarding nation

RB: soldiers and police will continue safeguarding nation

President Rupiah Banda says soldiers and the police will continue to safe guard the interests of the nation as the country holds elections.

President Banda said this when he dissolved Parliament and announced the date of the General Elections as Tuesday 20th September 2011.

In the address carried live on national radio and television, the President said: “Today, 28th July, 2011, I have signed the Proclamation Of The Dissolution Of The National Assembly – Statutory Instrument No. 75 Of 2011 – pursuant to Article 88, of the Constitution Of Zambia, Chapter 1 of the Laws of Zambia. This means Parliament stands dissolved as of today.”

He further added: “The Dissolution of Parliament consequently means that Cabinet is equally dissolved.  All Cabinet and Deputy Ministers no longer occupy their positions.  I, as President, and his honour the Vice-President will continue to hold office until a new government is sworn in and assumes office.  This is what our Constitution provides.”

Noting that Zambia’s Constitution dictates that from the date of dissolution of Parliament a general election must take place within 90 days, he said: “During the interim period the organs of state will continue to function. I, as president will exercise the executive powers directly with the assistance of the Vice-President and other Government officials.   The civil service will continue its work to ensure that all services are maintained.  The permanent secretaries shall assist me in running Government during this period.

The police and the armed forces will continue to safeguard the sovereignty and integrity of the Republic of Zambia.

Essential workers, including doctors, nurses and teachers will still deliver their vital services.

The President said: “I have today 28th July, 2011 Signed The Electoral (General) Elections (Date Of Poll) Declaration Order – Statutory Instrument No. 76 of 2011. Further, I have also signed The Local Government Elections (Date And Times Of Poll) Order – Statutory Instrument No. 77 Of 2011.  This means The Local Government Elections will be held together with the Presidential and Parliamentary elections. I can now announce to the nation that the elections will be held on Tuesday 20th September, 2011.”

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