ACC urges free and fair elections
Luangwa, January 12, 2015, ZANIS . . . . . . . . . The Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) has warned against electoral malpractices if the country was to have free and fair elections in next week’s Presidential elections.
ACC Senior Community Education Officer Rebecca Mulengwa made the call during a series of sensitization meetings held in Luangwa district warning that electoral malpractices such as corruption and other illegal practices could negatively affect the smooth running of elections.
ZANIS reports that Ms. Mulengwa said electoral corruption if tolerated could lead to voting into office corrupt leaders thereby compromising democracy in the country.
She told the electorates to be aware of electoral corruption and other malpractices which could occur at any stage of the electoral process such as during election campaigns, voter registration and voting among many others.
Ms. Mulengwa said electorates should choose their leaders based on the integrity of a particular candidate and not on what they give them adding that giving and receiving something from political parties to induce them to vote for a particular candidate was an offence and if found guilty a person was liable upon conviction to a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both.
She urged the electorates to avoid electoral corruption and other electoral malpractices if Zambia’s democracy was to be enhanced.
And people in Luangwa district have commended the Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) for embarking on the sensitization programme as it has equipped them with knowledge on electoral corruption and other malpractices which people engage into during elections.
Deputy Headman for Chilukushya A, Michael Nyanga commended the ACC for sensitizing people on electoral corruption and urged the Commission to embark on such programmes so that people were aware of what corruption is and its resultant evil.
The ACC team was in Luangwa district to conduct a series of sensitization meetings with public service workers and members of the public on electoral corruption and related malpractices .
Luangwa District Commissioner Eunie Mumba also commended the ACC for the initiative and appealed for more of such sensitization meetings if electoral court petitions were to be avoided.