CSO’s call for postponement of Livingstone and Mpongwe by elections

Seven Civil Society Organisations have called on the Electoral Commissions of Zambia (ECZ) to postpone the Livingstone and Mpongwe by-elections scheduled for tomorrow to another date saying the current atmosphere is not conducive for holding elections.
The seven organisations namely; Zambia Center for Inter-Party Dialogue (ZCID), Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Anti-Voter Apathy Project (AVAP), Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP), Southern African center for Constructive, Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) Operation Young Vote (OYV) said this in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today.
The organisations stated that Section 28, the Electoral Act, No. 12 gives the ECZ power to defer elections to another date if the atmosphere is not conducive for holding peaceful, free and fair elections.
They further said there was no doubt that the Mpongwe and Livingstone by elections will not be peaceful as the political atmosphere in the two districts is still tense.

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