KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
THE Patriotic Front (PF) has started the process of adopting candidates for the August 11 general elections, deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya has said.
The central committee resolved that the process starts immediately and that party secretary-general Davies Chama will soon call for applications at all levels.
Briefing the press yesterday, Mr Bwalya, however, said the application is not an end in itself.
â€œIt is just a stage in the adoption process. Therefore, we wish to state categorically that the instruction to aspiring candidates is not to engage in activities that would undermine our sitting MPs and councillors from the opposition that have been working with us, especially those from the MMD and the UPND,â€ he said.
He appealed to leaders at various levels to co-operate with the secretariat and ensure a clean adoption process that would come up with popular candidates.
Mr Bwalya said the PF is a popular party as it has achieved a lot within a short period of time despite the harsh economic environment triggered by a global malaise.
â€œAs such, it is an open secret that even unpopular candidates can win on our attractive tickets. Nevertheless, our aim is to adopt powerful candidates that would not just win us seats but amass a lot of votes for the presidential candidate to guarantee a knock-out in the first round of voting on August 11, 2016,â€ Mr Bwalya said.
He also warned that those who will be found claiming that President Lungu has given them an adoption certificate will be disciplined.
â€œIt is important for us to make it clear that the adoption process has several stages. The first stage is that of inviting applications from those intending to stand on our party ticket,â€ Mr Bwalya said.
He also said it should be noted that applications from aspiring candidates are supposed to be treated as expression of interest to stand on the PF ticket.
He also said the PF is overwhelmed by the support it is receiving in opposition strongholds.
And information committee vice-chairperson Charity Banda said women should commend President Lungu for saying that he will go for a woman to be his running mate.
KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka