——A senior Patriotic Front (PF) member in Northern Province says three candidates have so far applied to contest the Senga Hill parliamentary by-election in Mbala district on the ruling party’s ticket.
PF Chairperson for Elections Musonda Mpankata disclosed the development to ZANIS in Mbala shortly after a meeting with party officials at Mambwe Mission yesterday.
Mr Mpankata named the three as former MMD Senga Hill Member of Parliament Kapembwa Simbao whose election was nullified, PF losing candidate Giles Yambayamba and a Lusaka based clergyman.
He declared that the ruling party is ready for the April 15 parliamentary by-election.
Mr Mpankata said the ruling party will follow the due process of adoption a successful parliamentary candidate and that the central committee would respect the wishes of the lower organs of the party.
The PF election chairperson has since expressed happiness with the overwhelming support that the ruling party is receiving in Senga Hill constituency and Mbala district in general.
Meanwhile, Mr Mpankata has called for the re-organizing of PF structures ahead of next year’s general elections.
The Senga Hill seat fell vacant after the Supreme Court nullified the election of MMD’s Kapembwa Simbao following a successful petition by losing PF candidate Giles Yambayamba.
The parliamentary by-election will be held together with the Chawama and Masaiti constituencies’ by-elections slated for 15th April, 2015.