Three candidates have successfully filed in their nomination papers at old Mkushi Primary School ahead of the September 11 Mkushi South Parliamentary by-election.
Opposition Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD)’s Sydney Chisanga, accompanied by party president, Nevers Mumba and other senior party officials, was the first candidate to file in his nomination papers at 09:30hours.
The Patriotic Front PF’s Davis Chisopa was second to file in his nomination papers at 11:30 hours, accompanied by Vice President, Guy Scott, while UPND candidat,e Agness Ng’andu filed in her nomination at12:30 hours.
Mkushi South Parliamentary Returning Officer, Kelly Mwebe, described the nomination exercise as peaceful.
Mr Mwebe commended the participating political parties for adhering to the Electoral Code of Conduct both at the nomination centre and outside.
The filing in of nominations, which begun at 09-00 hours in the morning, is expected to close at 15:00 hours this afternoon.
Meanwhile, Vice President, Guy Scott, who was welcomed by a massive crowd at old Mkushi Primary School ground aboard a helicopter, is in Mkushi to drum up support for the PF candidate, Davis Chisopa.
Dr Scott, who was accompanied by Home Affairs Ministe, Ngosa Syimbyakula, was welcomed by both senior government and PF party officials.
All the three candidates have expressed confidence of scooping the Mkushi Parliamentary seat, declaring themselves ready for the political battle.
The seat fell vacant after the Supreme Court ruled against the election of former MP MMD’s Sydney Chisanga on grounds of alleged electoral mal-practices.
The Mkushi constituency has a total of 12,793 voters.
By press-time, only three candidates had filed their nominations but other aspiring candidates are expected to file in their nominations this afternoon to contest in the race to Manda-hill (National Assembly).