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PF hails opposition on peaceful polls talk

CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary-general Davies Chama has described as mature the pledge by opposition political parties to hold peaceful campaigns ahead of the August 11 general elections.
And Mr Chama has appealed to opposition political parties to desist from spreading lies and character assassination to gain support during campaigns.
Mr Chama said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the pledge by opposition political parties to engage in peaceful campaigns is a symbol of maturity in the country’s democratic system.
“That’s the way it should be, that’s called maturity. This is the most welcome pledge opposition political parties have made and it’s pleasing to hear,” he said.
Mr Chama said he hopes opposition political party leaders will not just end at talking but will also take action against cadres who would want to perpetrate violence.
“We hope they will walk the talk and help maintain peace and unity before and after the elections,” Mr Chama said.
He also urged political party leaders to orient their party officials and cadres across the country to make them understand the importance of holding peaceful campaigns.
Mr Chama said the PF wants to promote free and fair elections which can only be achieved by holding peaceful campaigns.
He appealed to opposition political parties to desist from spreading lies tarnishing the reputation of their opponents.
Mr Chama said people must be patriotic and truthful in their campaign messages.
“We appeal to all opposition political parties to endorse issue-based campaigns. There is so much spread of lies, that is character assassination and must also be avoided in this year’s campaigns,” he said.
Mr Chama assured the nation that the PF will hold fair, peaceful and issue-based campaigns.




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