ECZ threatens to suspend all political campaigns

PF cadres launch attack against UPND President Hakainde Hichilema
PF cadres launch attack against UPND President Hakainde Hichilema

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has threatened to suspend all political party campaigns and disqualify them from the elections if they continue perpetuating violence.

ECZ Public Relations Manager Crispin Akufuna says the commission has noted with dismay the rising levels of violence and intolerance during the campaign period.

Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka this morning, Mr. Akufuna says section 28 of the Electoral Act number 35 of 2016 empowers the commission to suspend campaigns if necessary.

He explains that section 110 of the same Act, empowers the commission to disqualify a political party or candidate in breach of the electoral code of conduct.

Mr. Akufuna is advising all political parties to ensure that their candidates, cadres and supporters abide by the code of conduct.

He has since urged all political parties to refrain their members and cadres from provoking their opponents and inciting violence.

And Mr. Akufuna has appealed to the Zambia Police Service to ensure that perpetrators of violence and anyone caught abrogating the Electoral Code of Conduct is dealt with firmly without fear or favor.