Zambian Watchdog

UPND joins PF in calling for early elections

The United Party for National Development, UPND, has joined Patriotic Front President, Michael Sata, in calling for President Rupiah Banda to call for an early election next year.

UPND Secretary General, Winstone Chibwe, told QFM in an interview this morning that even if the UPND was not consulted by the PF leader to call on President Banda to call for an early election, the UPND has always been ready for a tripartite election as well.

Mr. Chibwe says the fact that the UPND has been participating in every by-election is a clear indication that the party is always ready for an election at any given time.

He says it for this reason that the party is in the business of politics to form government.

Patriotic Front President, Michael Sata, said in Kitwe over the weekend that President Rupiah Banda should call for an early election next year because the PF is ready to go to the polls.

Meanwhile, Mr. Chibwe has welcomed October 28 as the date set for the Mpulungu by-election.

The Electoral Commission of Zambia yesterday announced October 28 as the polling day for the Mpulungu parliamentary seat which fell vacant following the death of MMD parliamentarian, Lameck Chibombamilimo.

Mr. chibwe says the UPND finds no problem with the set date because it is timely, and that the election will be held before the rainy season.

He says the party stands ready to see how events will progress from now up to that polling day because the date is within the confinements of the law.

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