The Patriotic Front has suffered losses in two constituencies after Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula and his General Education counterpart, John Phiri, failed to file in nominations at parliamentary level.
Dr Phiri failed to file in nomination for Lundazi Central constituency while Dr Simbyakula did not make it on time to tender his documents in Muchinga constituency.
PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya confirmed the failure of the two ministers to file nominations.
“Yes, our national chairman Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula and Dr. John Phiri did not file their nomination papers yesterday (Tuesday) and our position is that there are no negative consequences to a level of affecting our campaign in a negative way,” Mr Bwalya said.
He said Dr Phiri could not file in his nomination papers due to certain logistical challenges that made him to reach the nomination centre late.
Mr Bwalya said the PF were, however, happy that one of the independent candidates, Bizwayo Nkunika would campaign for President Edgar Lungu.
He said in the case of Muchinga constituency, MMD candidate Howard Kunda would campaign for President Lungu because the MMD party led by their new leader Felix Mutati had not filled in a presidential candidate.
In Lundazi, District Electoral Officer (DEO), Boyd Kaoma, said all political parties were given a time table in which to file in their nomination papers, reports ZANIS.
Mr Kaoma said the PF party was scheduled to file in between 13.00 hours and 14.00 hours but Dr Phiri arrived at the centre at 16.50hrs after the centre was closed.
In a related development, PF aspiring candidate for Mukomba Ward in Lundazi Central Constituency, Stephen Banda, also failed to file in his nomination papers for arriving late and he had no other legal documents.
Zambia Daily Nation