Chipata, July 17, 2013, ZANIS………The Civil society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR)in eastern province has called for sober and mature campaigns among political parties ahead of the forthcoming July 25 Chipata central parliamentary by election.
CSPR provincial Coordinator Maxwell Nkhoma says there is also need for aspiring candidates to make promises that are attainable.
Speaking when he featured on the “Big issue” radio programme on Feel Free radio station today, Mr. Nkhoma said there has been a growing trend among politicians of making false promises in order to solicit support from the electorates.
He said this trend has resulted in voter apathy as the voters lose interest to participate in any elections because they feel their problems are not addressed once the politicians come win elections.
He stated that this was the reason why there is need for candidates participating in elections to make promises that are within their means and under the development plan of the government.
He said people engage in various illegal activities just to win the confidence and support of voters.
Mr. Nkhoma added that this situation has led to the abrogation of the electoral code of conduct.
He urged politicians to adhere to the electoral code of conduct which is mandatory for all political parties participating in an election.
Meanwhile, Mr. Nkhoma has urged youths to refrain from being used as tools of violence during elections.
He has since appeared to the media to ensure balanced coverage among all political parties and provide adequate information about the aspiring candidates for the public to make informed decisions.