PF Accuses ECZ Of Hypocrisy

The Patriotic Front (PF) on the Copperbelt has challenged the Electoral Commission of Zambia to explain why it has not invoked section 22 of the Electoral Act which bars candidates found guilty of corruption from re-contesting their seats?

PF Copperbelt Provincial Secretary Chanda Kabwe says it is a serious act of hypocrisy for the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ)to raise issues on the airing of a PF political advert while remaining silent on serious matters.

Kabwe wonders why ECZ has been allowing some opposition MPs who lost their seats for corrupt practices to re-contest their seats. He has cited the re-election of MMD’s Mtolo Phiri in Chipata Central among other cases.

Kabwe contended that the law does not allow persons whose seats have been nullified to contest the consequent by-election.

The PF official said this in a a statement on Wednesday July 26, 2013. The Transparency International Zambian Chapter on Tuedsay raised concerns over the same matter.