The Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has hailed the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for the initiative it has taken to sensitize youths against being used in political violence ahead of the February 28thMpongwe and Livingstone by- elections.
SACCORD Information Officer, Obby Chibuluma, said the initiative is welcome as it will equip youths with information regarding electoral laws enshrined in the Electoral Code of Conduct and the Electoral Act.
Mr Chibuluma hoped that the initiative will also be extended to political party leaders who, in most cases, are the initiators of electoral violence.
He noted that recently Zambia has been increasingly recording political violence in form of abusive language used by most political leaders against each other during political campaigns.
Mr Chibuluma said the Mpongwe and Livingstone by- elections will be highly contested by the three major political parties which include the PF, MMD and UPND and implored political parties to desist from engaging in desperate measures such as corruption, bribery and cohesion as they race for the seats.
He has since urged political party leaders to observe peace, respect and tone down their language during their campaign as the electorate will judge them according to their actions.
Mr Chibuluma further appealed to the electorate to critically analyse the candidates and observe peace and order during elections and implored the ECZ to critically deal with those who will violate the electoral laws.
The ECZ yesterday announced that it will conduct a sensitisation workshop ahead of the February 28 by-elections to sensitize youths against being used in electoral violence during the elections.
The workshop will include youths from the three political parties contesting the seats.