TWENTY-THREE Patriotic Front (PF) members have expressed interest in contesting the Chawama parliamentary by-election on the ruling party ticket.
Lusaka Province PF chairperson Horace Longwe said yesterday that the ruling party is geared and has prepared itself adequately for the Chawama by-election.
“We have 23 candidates that have expressed willingness to contest the parliamentary seat and what is happening now is that we are scrutinising the names,” he said.
The seat fell vacant when the incumbent, Edgar Lungu, was elected President last month.
Mr Longwe challenged opposition political parties to contest the by-election so that people determine the most popular party.
He said that some of the political parties have been boasting of being popular, hence the need for them to prove their popularity.
Mr Longwe said that elections are not won in the media, so those that are claiming to be popular in the media are just wasting their time.
Meanwhile, United Party for National Development (UPND), National Restoration Party (NAREP) and Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) say they are considering contesting the by-election.
UPND deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo said in an interview last week in Lusaka that the party is consulting with people like Geoffrey Mwamba who supported the party in the 2015 presidential election.
ADD president, Charles Milupi said he will work with the UPND like he did in the presidential election.
“We are in the process of discussions with the UPND to see who we can choose to represent the alliance in the parliamentary election,” Mr Milupi said.
NAREP vice-president Charles Maboshe said the party is seriously considering contesting the Chawama seat.
Mr Maboshe said they are still consulting and that they will come up with a firm position next week.
Forum for Democracy and Development spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said the party is yet to discuss the matter.
Meanwhile, the PF on the Copperbelt says it is set for the Masaiti constituency by-election slated for April 14 this year, reports MUBANGA NONDO.
Party provincial secretary Amon Chisenga said in an interview in Ndola yesterday that the PF is geared to scoop the Masaiti seat.
Zambia Daily Mail