Britain, USA urge political parties to adhere to electoral code

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British High Commissioner to Zambia James Thornton has called on political parties that are participating in the forthcoming presidential election to adhere to the electoral code of conduct.

 

Mr. Thornton said Zambia has a growing reputation in Africa and beyond as a democratic country hence the need for the country to build on that reputation when its citizens vote on January 20, 2015.

 

He commended political leaders for moving quickly in condemning the violent acts and also praised the police for swiftly dealing with the matter.

 

He further stated that candidates should be free to go round the country to campaign without intimidation from their political rivals.

 

This is contained in the report released by the British High Commission in Lusaka yesterday and monitored by ZANIS.

 

Mr. Thornton also encouraged the media to give equal coverage to all candidates and scrutinize the messages of the candidates so as to provide greater clarity to voters as to what they stand for.

 

Meanwhile, United State Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz said US Embassy representatives would join thousands of domestic monitors across the 10 provinces in observing the election.

 

Mr. Schultz said all parties should be able to peacefully campaign in all parts of the country without intimidation from any party.

 

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