Kabompo Acting District Electoral Officer, Chiti Mizinga says all is set for the Lunyiwe ward local government by-election slated for this Thursday, September 17, 2020
Ms Mizinga said all electoral officials have been trained and ballot papers have been received from Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for all the three polling stations that include Malola, Dikolonga and Lunyiwe.
She said during an electoral stakeholders briefing in Dikolonga area in Kabompo district.
Ms Mizinga advised the participating political parties to continue upholding peace as they campaign in the various parts of the ward as it is key for a free and fair election.
“Let us continue upholding peace during our campaigns because this is key for us to have a free and fair electoral process,” she said.
Speaking at the same event, Kabompo District Health Promotions Officer, Ezra Mazabuka raised concern over the continued disregard of the COVID-19 guidelines by some members of participating political parties during their campaigns.
“It is worrisome that most of the stakeholders are not following the COVID-19 guidelines during their campaigns by overcrowding and non-wearing of face masks,” he noted.
“Let us ensure that we advise our members accordingly so that we prevent the spread of COVID-19 during and after the elections,” said Mr Mazabuka.
Meanwhile, Lunyiwe Ward Returning Officer, Richard Shikwesha has encouraged stakeholders to report all disputes or conflicts to the district conflict resolution committee.
“Kindly utilize the conflict resolution committee by putting your concerns in writing and not just complain in the briefings as this will allow rapid handling of such matters by the relevant existing body for such,” Mr Shikwesha advised.
The Lunyiwe seat fell vacant when the incumbent ward councilor, Maybin Kambuta resigned from the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) to join the ruling Patriotic Front(PF)a few months ago.