Electoral Commission postpones Livingstone parliamentary bye election

The Electoral Commission of Zambia has postponed tomorrow’s Livingstone parliamentary bye election to March 14 2013.
ECZ Chairperson Irene Mambilima told a media briefing in Lusaka this afternoon that the Livingstone election has been postponed due to the violence that has rocked the tourist city.
Justice Mambilima however clarified that the Mpongwe parliamentary bye election and several other ward elections will proceed tomorrow as planned.
She said the ECZ believes that the violent atmosphere in Livingstone would not have guaranteed a free and fair election.
Justice Mambilima said the decision by the ECZ is in line with the Electoral Act and that the next election date falls within the legally stipulated time frame.
She also called on the political parties to ensure that Zambia continues safeguarding its strong international image of holding violent free elections.