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Curb premature election campaigns, ECZ urged

PRISCILLA Isaac.

STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
A NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisation has appealed to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to stop early campaigns that some individuals have embarked on ahead of next year’s general elections.
Authentic Advocates for Justice and Democracy chief executive officer Longe Mulenga said in an interview yesterday that it is not right for some individuals to start campaigns now when there are sitting members of Parliament.
“I was shocked to see people dishing out money in the hope that they will be adopted or voted for next year’s general elections. This is wrong and we appeal to the ECZ to move in and straighten things,” Mr Mulenga said.
He said some MPs are now jittery and are concentrating on defending their seats.
“These people campaigning now are disturbing sitting MPs and this is not good. We are not saying that they cannot campaign but let them campaign at the right time and not now,” he said.
Mr Mulenga said the early campaigns are a recipe for corruption as people are dishing out money in the hope of being noticed by adopting authorities as potential MPs.


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