Zambia’s governing party denies pushing for postponement of 2016 elections

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

Zambia’s governing party, the Patriotic Front (PF), has denied reports that it was seeking a court order to stop the country’s electoral governing body from conducting the 2016 general elections in order to allow President Edgar Lungu serve a full five-year term, the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Thursday.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

Two people, believed to be members of the governing party, have filed a petition in a court seeking an order to stop the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) from conducting next year’s elections.
But Davies Chama, the secretary-general of the governing party, said the two petitioners were not members of the party and were merely masquerading as sympathizers of the party.
“PF has nothing to do with these people, I have checked our party’s documentation and I can’t find any information linking them to PF. These are just disgruntled people who are being used to destroy President Lungu’s name and that of the PF. They want to bring unnecessary debate,” he was quoted as saying by the paper.
The governing party chief added that the party will have nothing to done with the two individuals because their actions do not have the blessings of the party.
On Wednesday, social media was awash with comments from people from a cross section of the Zambian society condemning the ploy to cancel the general elections; with some saying this was a nonstarter because a precedent had already been set when former President Rupiah Banda only served for three years following the death of President Levy Mwanawasa.
Lungu, who was elected during the last presidential election on January 20 necessitated by the death of President Michael Sata last year, is completing his successor’s term which expires next year. Enditem

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