UPND predicts victory in by- elections
Lusaka, May 20, 2013, ZANIS– The opposition United Party for National
Development (UPND) says it is confident of scooping all the five
forth-coming parliamentary by-elections .
UPND Secretary General Winston Chibwe says the party is geared for the
polls in five constituencies in Chipata Central, Feira, Kafulafuta,
Mkushi Central and Solwezi East.
Mr. Chibwe says UPND has an upper hand over the MMD and the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) in the forth-coming by-elections.
Mr. Chibwe predicted that the UPND his will amass more votes compared to the PF because the
people in these areas have now decided to support the Hakainde
Hichilema and the entire UPND because of good policies enshrined in
the party manifesto.
“This time around the ruling PF will tumble in rural areas because we
have convinced the people to vote for our party if real change is to
be seen,” Mr. Chibwe said
He claimed that UPND has got good policies on agriculture such as the
Fertilizer Input and Support Programme which had enhanced agriculture
in the rural areas.
He said people in the five areas would not be easily cheated by
government because they have faith in Mr. Hichilema’s leadership
style of governance which is anchored on more development than mere
Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Spokesperson Cris Akufuna
recently announced that the Feira constituency by-election
in Lusaka province will be held on June 20, 2013 following the resignation of MMD member of parliament Patrick Ngoma who joined the ruling PF.
Mr also aid 11 local government elections will take place
in different wards on the same date following deaths and resignations of councillors.
The ECZ has also set July 25, 2013 as the date for the four pending
by-elections to be held in Chipata Central, Mkushi, Kafulafuta and
The Mkushi , Kafulafuta and Solwezi East parliamentary seats fell vacant following the resignations of Members of Parliament from the MMD to join the ruling PF while the Chipata Central seat by-election follows the nullification of election results by the Supreme court.
Meanwhile, the opposition Zambia Empowerment for Development (ZED) has
indicated that it will not field candidates in the five constituencies
because of lack of resources.
ZED president Fred Mtesa said in a separate interview that his party
would instead conduct a series of investigations in the places where
polls would be held to determine its popularity instead of wasting
Mr. Mtesa claimed that the Electoral Commission of Zambia cannot be trusted with holding
elections as evidenced in the past where the opposition always cried foul.