UNIP parliamentary candidate for Kanyama pulls out

The United National Independence Party (UNIP) parliamentary candidate for Kanyama constituency in Lusaka Charles Mwelwa has withdrawn from the race exactly 21 days before elections on 11th August 2016.
In a letter dated 21st July 2016 and addressed to the UNIP Chairperson for Elections, Mwelwa claimed that his decision to withdraw was personal and out of ‘principle.’
Mwelwa’s letter has not been copied to the Electoral Commission of Zambia(ECZ). Printing of all ballot papers has already been completed and Mwelwa is appearing on the ballots for Kanyama constituency.
The current amended constitution states that; ‘Where a candidate dies, resigns or becomes disqualified in accordance with Article 70, 100 or 153 or a court disqualifies a candidate for corruption or malpractice, after the close of nominations and before the election date, the Electoral Commission shall cancel the election and require the filing of fresh nominations by eligible candidates and elections shall be held within thirty days of the filing of the fresh nominations.’
Recently an independent candidate for Petauke constituency withdrew and endorsed the PF candidate Dora Siliya but the Electoral Commission of Zambia ‘explained’ that the election will proceed as scheduled.

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