The Patriotic Front (PF) has set November 17, 2014, as the date for the party Central Committee to discuss and agree on the adoption process of the PF candidate for the forthcoming Presidential by-election.
PF Secretary General, Edgar Lungu, said the road map to be arrived on selecting the presidential candidate will then be communicated to all the PF party organs.
Mr Lungu, who is also Justice Minister and Defence Minister, stated that it was only the Central Committee which has power to spell out the avenue to be used by aspiring Presidential candidates.
He stressed that the PF is a democratic institution, adding that all members wishing to contest for Presidency will be availed an opportunity to do so.
Mr Lungu highlighted that the party constitution allows the Central Committee to, among other things, initiate and approve changes in the regulations and rules of the party.
He said until the Central Committee makes its decisions no official should be cheated into travelling anywhere to attend to anything concerning the party.
Mr Lungu said this during a press briefing held at Blue Nile Inn in Lusaka on Nov 14th.
And Mr Lungu has conveyed gratitude to the rank and file members of the party for the solemn and dignified manner in which late President Michael Sata was mourned.
He urged the PF general membership to remain focused and steadfast as the party advances President Sata’s vision both for the party and the nation.