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Political parties urged to respect rule of law, protect infrastructure during by-elections


The Zambia Centre for Inter-party Dialogue (ZCID) has called on parties to respect the rule of law and protect infrastructure during by-elections.

ZCID Executive Director, Doreen Kabwe, noted the need to also take all necessary measures to protect civilians and safeguard public infrastructure in areas where by-elections were taking place.

Kabwe in a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday was reacting to Tuesday’s by-election in Mayembe Ward of Shiwangandu District of Muchinga Province.

She noted that the by-election was necessitated following the resignation and withdrawal of the area Ward Councilor.

“ZCID is hopeful that the peaceful environment exhibited during the campaign period will continue in future by-elections to enrich Zambia’s democratic credentials,” Kabwe stated.

She also commended political parties for the peaceful campaigns that had characterized Mayembe Ward by-election in Shiwang’andu District.

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Kabwe expressed confidence that the people of Mayembe had exercised their democratic right to vote.

“ZCID remains committed to promoting peace and stability in the country and wishes to call on all parties to engage in dialogue to find a peaceful resolution to any disputes that may arise during and after the by-election,” she said.

Results in the Mayembe Ward by-election in which the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND), the Patriotic Front( PF), Socialist Party and others participated were expected Thursday.

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