Banda withdraws from election race as voting continues

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Former Patriotic Front (PF) Lusaka District Chairman Goodson Banda this afternoon withdrew from the race to re-contest his seat against his opponent Mulenga Sata.

Speaking when he was given five minutes to speak to the delegates at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka this afternoon, Mr. Banda says most of the members were blocked from entering into the conference center and it was too difficult for him to re-contest the seat.

Mr. Banda stated that he cannot participate in the election because he believes in democracy and thus the need to withdraw from the race.

Mr. Banda who did not even waste much of his time left immediately.

Mr. Banda’s withdrawal from the race means Mr. Sata is the news PF Lusaka District Chairman.

Meanwhile returning officer Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula later announced that delegates will still vote because all candidates had successfully filed in their nominations.

And Mulenga Sata says he is grateful for the support he has received from all the party members during and after campaigns.