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PF ponders applications extension

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CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary general Davis Chama says the party might consider extending the deadline for receiving applications for adoption following calls from some members to allow those in far-flung areas and abroad to file in theirs too.
The deadline for filing in adoption applications for various positions in the ruling party was March 6, 2016.
Mr Chama said the party has received an overwhelming response from members applying for nomination as aspiring councillors and members of Parliament.
He said the extension was necessary because more people are still submitting their applications.
“We have been receiving applications from our members across the country who have expressed interest to contest at parliamentary, local government and mayoral positions,” Mr Chama said.
Mr Chama said the party wants the adoption process to be as inclusive as possible taking into consideration a number of issues, among them the need to have a good representation of women in leadership.
And PF deputy chairman for party mobilisation Nigel Mpakateni, who has applied to contest the Katete seat, said there are still a lot of people expressing interest to contest parliamentary and local government elections on the PF ticket in the Eastern Province.
Mr Mpakateni said some of these people, including MMD members, live in faraway places and so an extension is necessary.
Meanwhile, TEDDY KUYELA reports in Lusaka that the PF agrees with United Nations resident coordinator Janet Rogan that police should ban political cadres from wearing military attire because the conduct of those in such clothing could threaten Zambia’s peace.
On Friday last week, Ms Rogan expressed concern about the continued wearing of military attire by some political cadres.
She said this during the launch of a project for Consolidation of the Electoral Process in Zambia: Support to the Electoral Cycle 2015-2017.
PF Lusaka Province youth chairperson Kennedy Kamba said the police should ensure that cadres do not wear military-like attire.

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