Eight parties vie for by-elections

THE outcome of today’s 16 local government by-elections will not change the balance of power in the respective councils, but could provide an indicator of what the future holds for the contesting political parties.
Eight parties are fancying their chances in the polls, which, going by recent election results, will be dominated by the governing Patriotic Front (PF) and the main opposition, the United Party for National Development.
A fair amount of the spotlight will also fall on the recently formed National Democratic Congress (NDC) to see if its claims of popularity will be matched by the number of votes it will receive.
With the elections spread across eight of the country’s 10 provinces, this could be a test for all parties on whether they are regional or have a national character.
The elections are taking place in the Copperbelt (two), Lusaka (one), Muchinga (three), North-Western (four), Southern (one), Western (one), Eastern (two) and Luapula (two) provinces.
The elections have been necessitated by deaths and READ MORE

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