UN urges non-violence polls


NOTWITHSTANDING the violence that has characterised some political activities, the United Nations (UN) has pledged to continue monitoring the situation by engaging Government and other stakeholders to achieve peace. UN resident coordinator Coumba Mar Gadio says violence is a threat to inclusive, credible and peaceful elections. Dr Mar Gadio said violence has the potential to undermine the country’s democratic tenets as enshrined in the Constitution. Speaking recently during the launch of the coalition for peaceful elections, Dr Mar Gadio said there is need for stakeholders to act and prevent political violence noted in some parts of the country. “We are also aware of the need to encourage the public and all stakeholders to have confidence in the electoral process and demonstrate their commitment to peaceful and credible elections,” Dr Mar Gadio said. She said violence can affect the image of Zambia as a stable multi-party democracy and beacon of peace in the region and globally. Dr Mar Gadio said over the years, Zambia has cultivated a reputation for conducting credible and peaceful elections, with hitch-free transitions, adding that it is cardinal for citizens to maintain the record. She said establishment of the coalition is in line with an inclusive election process. “I wish to encourage everyone, including those outside this coalition, to serve as messengers of peace using every opportunity they can get in the course of their daily duties. “All citizens, regardless of their status, have a role to play in this regard. I, therefore, commend efforts of CLICK TO READ MORE

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