ECZ sensitises stakeholders in Feira

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—The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has concluded stakeholder meetings with traditional leaders and youths in Feira Constituency on the Electoral Code of Conduct.

ECZ Public Relations Manager, Crispin Akufuna, says the commission decided to sensitise the traditional leaders due to reports and accusations against some chiefs who had been openly partisan intimidating, threatening and coercing subjects to vote for their party or candidate.

In a statement to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr Akufuna said the meetings were held in Fiera, Luangwa on May 31 and June 1, 2013 respectively.

He added that the meetings were attended by Senior Chief Mbuluma, Chief Mphuka and 66 headmen and women from the two chiefdoms of Feira constituency to sensitise traditional leaders on their role in the electoral process and the provisions of the electoral code of conduct.

“Regulation 20 of the Electoral Code of Conduct states that ‘A person or a member of the law enforcement agency, civil society, a church, faith based organisation, traditional leader, political party or media shall not by means of threats, violence or sanction, coerce or intimidate another person during campaign, public debates or elections,” he said

Mr Akufuna said the commission hopes that all stakeholders in the forthcoming by election will respect the wishes of the people of Feira.