OFFICIAL UPND STATEMENT
20 January 2015
Having obtained prior authorisation from the ECZ to fly our helicopters on polling day and having undertaken the necessary pre-flight clearances in advance, the Zambian Air Force has at the very last minute revoked the permissions without explanation.
The use of the helicopters was arranged as a means of transport by which to send our observers and other logistics to polling stations, particularly where weather and flood conditions mean some areas of the country are inaccessible.
We are now concerned that our observers will be unable to fulfil their oversight role in the way in which we had planned. The last minute removal of permissions already granted has made coordinating alternative arrangements very difficult.
We have attached our correspondence from the ECZ on the same to this release.