Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Deputy National Secretary Chembe Nyangu has refuted claims by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) that political parties agreed to introduce the electronic results transmission system in tomorrow’s by-elections .
Mr Nyangu said the inconvenient truth was that the introduction of the system was merely a proposal tabled by ECZ on 29th August 2014 and that attendance of the meeting by an MMD representative did not constitute agreement with the proposal.
“We are also equally shocked that Mr Chris Akufuna can go on air and claim that we agreed to the proposal. The MMD is a very big party which does not make such big decisions through one or two people. We had not sat to formulate our position by the time that meeting was held so there is no way that our representative in that meeting Mr Isaac Muntanga could have decided on behalf of the whole MMD,” Mr Nyangu said.
He also noted that all the parties participating in the by-elections have rejected the system except the Patriotic Front (PF).
Mr Nyangu further said that it was disappointing that the National Restoration Party which stands on issue-based campaigns had joined the ECZ in misleading Zambians when it was not even participating in the by-elections and therefore had no moral right to even comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, Mr Nyangu has clarified that MMD president Dr Nevers Mumba did not instruct MMD cadres to destroy and throw away ECZ electronic results transmission equipment at polling stations.
He said that what the MMD leader simply said was that MMD rejects the use of this transmission equipment and it cannot be imposed on them.