The United Party for National Development (UPND) says the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) should not wait until Zambia is on fire for it to take the issue of the escalating political violence seriously.
UPND Secretary General, Stephen Katuka says his party is very concerned that the ECZ is taking the issue of political violence lightly.
Mr. Katuka says the UPND is of the view that the Commission deals with issues of political violence during elections as they arise.
In an interview with QTV News, Mr. Katuka says the truth of the matter is that political violence has been commonplace whenever elections have been held in the country.
Mr. Katuka says the ECZ being the custodian of elections, is not helping the situation by allowing the perpetration of political violence to be business as usual in the Country.
He states that the UPND insists that all the July by-elections be put on hold until such a time that political stakeholders meet and agree on how to sort out the issue of political violence.