Female candidates file in nominations for Masaiti

PATRIOTIC Front (PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND) women candidates on Thursday successfully filed their respective nominations for the Masaiti district chairperson elections scheduled for April, this year.
The PF has fielded Christine Chande while Ennie Matutu will contest on the UPND ticket for the election set for April 25, this year.
Ms Chande was first to file her nomination.
“The people of Masaiti love me and I live in the area,” Ms Chande, who expressed confidence about the election, said after returning officer Emmanuel Chilombo declared her nomination papers valid around 12:55 hours.
“We will continue with the good work the PF government has been doing for the people. We will work hand in hand with the two members of Parliament (MP) in the area to bring development,” she said.
She thanked President Lungu and the ruling party for picking her to contest the election.
And Ms Matutu, who was equally bubbling with confidence, said she wants to bring sanity to the district.
“I am happy and humbled of how the exercise has been conducted,” said Ms Mututu who was accompanied by UPND Copperbelt province chairman Elisha Matambo.
Ms Chande arrived at the nomination center before midday and was accompanied by PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya, provincial chairman Stephen Kainga, Kabushi member of Parliament (MP) Bowman Lusambo and Luanshya mayor Nathan Chanda.
While the filing of nomination papers and the verification of Ms Chande’s documents was taking place, party supporters chanted solidarity party songs just beyond the restricted perimeter of the nomination center.
The nominations have been necessitated following the resignation of Edward Musamba after losing a court case.
Mr Musamba scooped the seat in the August 11, 2016 general elections but his election was contested by PF losing candidate Patrick Zulu.

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