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SACCORD lauds electorate

By LINDA NYONDO
THE Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has commended voters in Kasenengwa, Vubwi and Zambezi constituencies for electing women as members of Parliament (MPs) in last Thursday’s by-elections.
SACCORD executive director Boniface Cheembe said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that the outcome of the election does not only give political parties numbers but also addresses gender imbalance  because more women have been elected to parliament.
Mr Cheembe advised political parties to adopt more female candidates.
“I would like to encourage parties that participate in elections to ensure that they give more women such opportunities so that they can get into councils and parliament,’’ He said.
He also commended political parties for being peaceful during and after elections.
Mr Cheembe said the peace that characterised the recent parliamentary by-elections largely contributed to the positive results that women candidate’s recorded.
Mr Cheembe urged Government to ensure that future elections are peaceful by promoting dialogue and future engagements.
Mr Cheembe said despite the low voter turnout, it is encouraging that Zambians have continued to appreciate the important role they play in fostering democracy.

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