Zambian DNA is concerned that political violence perpetrated by political party cadres holds the potential to not only compromise the credibility of the 12 th August polls, contribute to voter apathy, but also affects innocent citizens’ livelihood as violence disrupts economic activities.
Indeed, there is need to seriously now address political violence by all stakeholders, including political party leaders, Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) , the Police and general citizenry if the country is to hold peaceful elections.
We expect political leaders to tame their cadres from engaging in the acts of political violence.
Further, are calling upon the ECZ to enforce the electoral code of conduct by banning political parties that engage in the acts of political violence from taking part in the forthcoming 12th August polls.
We urge the Police High Command to use reasonable force to curb the acts of political violence in an effort to protect further loss of lives and properties and facilitate a peaceful environment for citizens to exercise their democratic rights to vote for candidates of their choice.
ZAMBIAN DNA SPOKESPERSON