Zambia’s electoral body condemns violence ahead of polls


Zambia’s electoral body on Friday condemned the increased levels of violence during campaigns in the run-up to this year’s general elections.

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) said it was concerned with the escalating campaign violence ahead of the Aug. 12 general elections.

The electoral body has since warned that political parties perpetrating the violence risk being disqualified if the vice continues.

“The vice, if left unchecked, will undermine the credibility of the elections and also stability and peace of the country,” Patricia Luhanga, the electoral body’s spokesperson said in a release.

The commission will not allow the country to degenerate into lawlessness during this period in the name of electoral activities, she added.

On Thursday, President Edgar Lungu expressed concern over the increased levels of violence being witnessed during the campaigns ahead of this year’s general elections.

The Zambian leader said all players in the political arena needed to take responsibility and ensure that campaigns were carried out in a peaceful atmosphere. Enditem

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