LETTERS

Civic educator worries of possible elections petitions

Dear Editor,

Electoral malpractice is any form of cheating before, during and after elections.

It involves acts such as buying voters cards, giving cash and material things to the electorates, offering entertainment, doing developmental projects during campaign period, voting twice and declaring victory before the official announcement of election results.

Furthermore, unfair media coverage during campaigns making false developmental promises, intimidating of opponents and false vote counting are also electoral malpractices.

Free and fair elections start from the day of campaigns to the polling day.

We cannot claim to have democratically elected our leaders if elections are characterised by the malpractices mentioned above.

Election malpractices are a threat to democracy and the security of the nation.

When elections are disputed we may end up with demonstrations, war, sanctions by the international community ,citizens not supporting the government of the day, voter apathy in future elections and expensive by elections caused by election petitions.

As a civic educator I am worried that after the 11th August elections we may have a lot of election petitions that may result in unnecessary expensive by elections.

l have seen aspiring parliamentary candidates giving out money and material things in their constituencies. It seems to be a normal way of campaigning in Zambia today.

Most aspiring candidates are ready to dish out money than explain their party manifesto.

Furthermore, high poverty levels and ignorance have made many youths to attend political meetings with a view to get free chitenges, beer, money and food.

It is very strange to hear some reasons people give for voting for someone. We are living in a society that associate giving of material things as a sign of being a good leader.

This is why we have been choosing crooks as our representatives in Parliament. Court records are there to show us how many crooks we have ushered in a noble institution of the National Assembly.

We have many practical examples of elections that were nullified after the 2011 General elections due to simple malpractices.

The Chipata central seat was nullified based on the petition evidence presented in the high court that the winner had given money to a certain church choral group during campaigns.

Zambia is a beacon of peace and an ideal democracy for Africa.

However, we are losing it by embracing malpractices. Free and Fair elections are a characteristic of good governance.

We need to adhere to the principles of good governance by ensuring that our elections are truly free from all forms of malpractices commonly known as rigging.

Wisdom Kaunda

Civic educator, Kabwe

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The end of UPND is nigh

Dear Editor,

There is a Nyanja saying which talks about the devastating effects of last rains to mark the end of the rainy season.

I see the same with UPND. The party and its leadership have become extremely arrogant and discourteous as if there will be no another tomorrow.

It is all clear that the party and its leadership are not ready to rule Zambia because of their ungainly conduct.

Some of us who have been following the events in the party in its pitiful attempts to form government are left more traumatized and paralysed in our thoughts.

In his desperation to wrestle power from PF Mr Hichilema has, for some outlandish reasons, become portentous that he can raise his head high and insult the President of this country including senior police officers with preposterous impunity for no apparent reason.

Those are not the possible cryptograms for a person wishing to occupy State House.

That position calls for a humble person ready to listen to the cries of his people and not to tell women not have sex with their husbands for not belonging to UPND. Heaven forbid!

And his song of ‘fixing the economy’ has become boring to the marrow to some of us.

In any case a good working economy is the duty and cry of any government in power not just UPND. There is hardly any need to exaggerate that.

But like I have said in my opening remarks, HH is that rain going away and behind it will leave a trail of destruction, but it goes away eventually.

Andrew Agabu Mumba

Garden Township, Lusaka

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HH has totally lost it

Dear Editor,

A day in politics is a long time. I have been on the road over the last few days.

As such, I expect to have missed a lot in UPND campaign time political drama.

To start with, kindly fill me in on:

1).HH’s Black Friday protest. How did the protest match go? Failure to share pictures or clips online confirms, it was another failed leadership project.

2). How is the “No UPND support, No conjugal rights in Homes” campaign progressing?

Our young brother HH has totally lost it. From a political learning curve, he’s now in a political circus.

Just how many Zambians would sacrifice to die for HH or indeed wreck their marriages for the sake of HH? This is over selling one’s imaginary cult political image.

Never dull moments in our country.

Bwembya Mutale

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