AVAP calls for level playing ground in Katuba by-election

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The Anti-Voter Apathy Project (AVAP) has called for a level playing ground for all political parties that will contest in the Katuba parliamentary by-election slated for February 28 this year.

The nominations of candidates for the by-election are today the 28th of January and the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) is expected to field in local businessman Moses Chilando as its candidate while the United Party for National Development has former Katuba Member of Parliament Jonas Shakafuswa as it candidate with the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) having adopted former diplomat Cecil Holmes as its candidate.

Other political parties that are expected to field in their candidates to contest in the by-election include Alliance for Better Zambia (ABZ) which has adopted its vice president Patricia Mwashingwele while the National Revolution Party (NRP) has adopted retired Policeman Shakespeare Mwakamui and the National Restoration Party (NAREP) has picked its National Chairman Joseph Mushalika as its candidate.

But AVAP is of the view that all six political parties expected to contest the parliament seat should emulate the orderliness and adherence to the Electoral Code of conduct as was exhibited in the November 22 Mansa Parliamentary by-election last year.

Executive Director Richwell Mulwani says all six political parties should also desist from using abuse language and violence in their campaigns.

Mr. Mulwani says perpetration of violence during campaigns will have adverse effects on the electorates%u2019 morale to vote thereby leading to a low voter turnout.

He further adds that electorates should also exercise their democratic right to vote by not allowing being intimidated or induced to vote for a particular candidate.

The AVAP Executive Director spoke in an interview with Qfm.