The opposition United National Independence Party (UNIP) has backed calls for the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to be given more powers to disqualify any political parties engaging in violence in the course of elections.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) wants more powers to impose severe sanctions against political parties or individuals abrogating the Electoral Code of Conduct with impunity.
UNIP Vice President Njekwa Anamela has told QFM News in an interview that it is very dangerous to tolerate violence during campaigns and that the call by ECZ is a welcome move which should be supported by everyone.
Mr. Anamela says such measures as the ones proposed by ECZ should be taken into consideration if peace and tranquility should be promoted during the course of elections.
Mr. Anamela states that those that engage in violent are indirectly saying they are defeated and thus the reason for them to be disqualified without delay.
He says Zambia has been a peaceful nation and that it is important to endorse ideas aimed at preserving the peace and unity of the country.