Campaigns for Thursday’s by -lections closes at 18 hrs

The campaigns in the four parliamentary by elections, Chipata Central , Solwezi East, Mkushi North and Kafulafuta is expected to come to an end this evening Wednesday July 24,2013.

The campaigns will close at 18:00 ahead of Thursday’s by-elections.
This follows the revision of the law which had earlier stipulated that campaigns be closed 48 hours before the polls to now 12:00 hours.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) said the revision of the campaign period is to help minimize tension and lessen electoral violence.
The campaigns of the by-election have been characterised by reports of bleach of the Electoral Code of conduct.
Prominent among them is the involvement of traditional leaders in campaigning for the ruling party candidates.
The Mkushi North, Solwezi-East and Kafulafuta by elections were as a result of MMD Members of Parlaiment dfecting to join the ruling party while the Chipata Central was neccesited by the nullifictaion of the seat by the Supreme Court over electoral malpractice.