ZDDM’s Edwin Sakala withdraws from presidential race

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The opposition Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) has withdrawn from contesting in the January 20, 2015 presidential elections because their preferred candidate Rupiah Banda could not file in his nominations.

Party president Edwin Sakala told journalists in Lusaka today that ZDDM has painfully withdrawn from the race because their preferred candidate could not do so due to circumstances beyond their control.

Mr. Sakala has since apologised to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and the country at large for failing to file in his nominations but promised to do so in the 2016 presidential race.

He said in the forthcoming presidential elections, ZDDM will support a presidential candidate whom it will mention later.

Mr. Sakala pointed out that ZDDM was the party that was instrumental in helping Mr. Banda comeback to active politics.

He said from now on until 2016 general elections, ZDDM will launch a series of campaigns to make sure that it reaches as many people as possible.

Mr. Sakala however bemoaned the lack of funding for presidential candidates saying it was expensive to reach out to many places in the country.

He said as such, his party was disadvantaged because the environment was only favouring that have a lot of money.