ECZ condemn police over POA application

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has condemned the selective application of the Public Order Act (POA) by the Zambia Police and has demanded impartial and non-partisan implementation of the act.

The application of the Public Order Act has in the last two and half years of the Patriotic Front (PF) rule become a serious source of concern among citizens and other stakeholders.

ECZ chairperson Irene Mambilima has observed that the Public Order Act was being applied selectively and that the Commission had received numerous complaints from political parties on the way the police have been applying the act.

Justice Mambilima said it was important for the Act to be applied fairly and in accordance with its provisions noting that there had been a trend where the Act was being abused by those who had been mandated to implement the law.

She said the Commission had been asking that it should be given the mandate to prosecute electoral offenders because some notorious politicians had been breaching electoral regulations with impunity.

Speaking at a media luncheon at Mulungushi International Conference Center yesterday, Justice Mambilima said the Commission’s greatest nightmare was politicians who were frustrating the Commission’s mandate in more ways than just one.

“The Public Order Act must be applied fairly and it should not be selective. We have had cases where political parties had been denied their right to hold rallies in Lusaka even when there is no pending by-election. When political parties are denied the right to assemble, the Commission cannot do anything and we think that, that would be addressed by the Human Rights Commission. We have had notorious candidates who would just want to break the law and some of the actions like violence are criminal in nature and we have been lamenting that we be given teeth to bite to curb such impunity but right now there is nothing we can do,” Justice Mambilima said.

Justice Mambilima condemned the violence that rocked the Livingstone by-election where a PF cadre was murdered stating that the Commission was happy that suspects were in court.

She has called on politicians both in the ruling party and the opposition to preach peace during by-elections because violence was creating apathy among the voters.

She revealed that violence in by-elections was mainly being perpetrated by the cadres who were often imported from other towns and constituencies and appealed to the political parties to stop the tendency of hiring cadres form other towns.

Meanwhile, the Commission has said it will continue printing ballot papers from outside Zambia because of the security features the institution wanted to protect.

Justice Mambilima said there was no printing company in the country that would print ballot papers adding until Government Printers was recapitalized, the printing of the ballot papers would continue being done by foreign companies.

She said the Commission was ready to have the ballots printed locally but that there was no Zambian company that would be able to carry out the sensitive exercise.

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2 Responses to “ECZ condemn police over POA application”

  1. gerge k c says:

    I suppose if all those under this rules nd laws to follow were thinking in the same line like this beloved nd sincerer judge has portraid here, All you officers working under this obligations in zambia can be some adjustable to fit in this , they could be no any fun complaints fm any body. but our own police nd other security law agency have failed to avail to this trueth. U find that Mr Solo
    mon jere does things very opposite to the normal circumstances. becarefull my dear brothers nd sisters who ar dealing in this areas
    a day will come when u will recall my words very soon than later.gk

  2. Sinkamba Wisdom says:

    CONGRATULATIONS ECZ FOR COMING OUT AND OPEN FOR CONDEMNING THE POLICE BEHAVIOUR IN APPLICATION OF POA

    THE PF MUST REALIZE THAT ALOT OF INSTITUTIONS, ZAMBIAN CITIZENS AND CORPORATE BODIES ARE NOT HAPPY THE WAY PF GOVERNMENT IS MANAGING NATIONAL AFFAIRS.
    HAS THE IG STELLA LIBONGANI READ THE CONCERNS RAISED BY ECZ. WE HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT THE IG IS WORKING AS APARTY CADRE FOR PF NOT WORKING AS A PROFESSIONAL. WITH THIS CONCERN VOICED OUT BY ECZ . NEXT TIME OPPOSITION PARTIES START DEFENDING THEMSELVES. THE IG SHOULD NBOT COMPLAIN. FOR SHE HAS IGNORED THE VOICE OF REASON FOR ALONG TIME NOW.
    I ASK THE IG TO DO THE RIGHT THING NOW. THE IG MUST KNOW THAT HH AND UPND ARE FORMING THE NEXT GOVERNMENT IN 2016. THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL. SEE PF IN NDOLA HASA PASSED AVOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN ALL NDOLA USELESS MPS, SATA HAS ALREADY PASSED A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN HIS USELESS MPS AND HIS USELESS MINISTERS. NOW WHAT OF US AS CITIZENS. ITS NO AS WELL. ITS ASHAME TO THOSE WHO WASTED THEIR VOTE ON PF. FOR WE TOLD YOU THAT PF CANNOT PERFORM FROM THE WORD GO.
    NOW WHAT IS MOST DISAPPOINTING IS THE FAILURE FOR MR. SATA MICHEAL THE PRESIDENT , TO FAIL TO DISSOLVE HIS GOVERNMENT. IT MEANS HIMSELF IS APROBLEM AS WELL. FOR HE HAS SEEN THAT HE HAS USELESS MPS AND USELESS MINISTERS. NOW WHY HAS HE CONTINUED WASTING OUR TAX PAYERS MONEY PAYING NON PERFORMING MINISTERS.THIS BEHAVIOUR IS NOT GOOD FOR THE NATION.SINCE HE HAS ADMITTED THAT HIS MPS AND MINISTERS ARE USELESS, THE BEST LOGIC WAY WAS DISSOLVE THE GOVERNMENT. NOW THIS TIME AROUND , HE IS FEARING THAT IF THAT HAPPENS HE CAN NOT BE REELECTED AS WELL. BECAUSE IN THIS ALMOST THREE YEARS NOW . PEOPLE HAVE COME TO KNOW WHO SATA IS.THAT HE CAN NOT PERFORM. JUST LIKE KK TOLD THE NATION THAT MR. SATA IS A HARD WORK BUT NOT A PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL THAT IS WHAT KK SAID. MOST ZAMBIANS STILL REMEMBER THESE WORDS FROM OUR FORMER PRESIDENTS.
    SO THIS EXPLAINS WHY THE PRESIDENT IS UNDRESSING IN THE PUBLIC HIS MINISTERS AND HIS MPS. FOR SURE, IF OUR PRESIDENT IS A GOOD LEADER HE CAN ADDRESS THE MISGIVINGS OF HIS MINISTERS AND HIS MPS IN PRIVACY.UNLIKE IN THE OPEN THE WAY HE IS DOING IT IS VERY BAD.SINCE HE HAS CONFIRMED TO THE WORLD THAT HE HAS GOT USELESS MPS AND USELESS MPS LET HIM SUMMON THE COURAGE AND DISSOLVE THE GOVERNMENT BUT I ASSURE THAT WILL BE HIS END AS HE AND HIS USELESS MPS CAN NOT BE RE ELECTED. ITS APITY THAT SO CALLED USELESS MINISTERS AND USELESS MPS HAS GOT NO PERSONAL INTEGRITY TO SHOW. FOR SURE IF THESE MEN AND WOMEN HAD PERSONAL INTEGRITY SHOW THEY SHOULD HAVE RESIGNED. BECAUSE THEIR CONTINUED STAY IN THOSE OFFICES IS NOT INSPIRING ZAMBIANS AT ALL.WHY CANT THEY EMULATE GBM WHO GAVE BACK THE PRESIDENT HIS DEFENCE MINISTER JOB BECAUSE THAT IS HOW MEN OF INTEGRITY COULD DO.
    FOR NOW. I DIRECT MY ENERGY TO THE IN COMING PRESIDENT HH. PLEASE CONTINUE GIVING HOPE TO THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE. WE KNOW FOR SURE THAT YOUR INTELLECT , SKILLS AND THE EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE ACQUIRED IN THE CORPORATE WORLD AS A SUCCESSFULL FARMER AND SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN. I KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO PROOVE TO THESE TIRED BRIANS/HAGGARD MINDS ON HOW TO MANAGED THE MODERN SOCIAL- ECONOMY. WE KNOW FOR SURE THAT THAT YOU WILL GIVE HOPE TO SCHOLARS, FARMERS, BUSINESS COMMUNITY, CORPORATE WORLD ON THE ISSUE OF GOOD GOVERNANCE. FOR UPND AND HH. THIS WILL BE A GOVERNMENT OF REAL CHANGE. NOT THIS CHANGE OF DESTRUCTION THAT WE ARE SEEING TO DAY. WHERE THERE IS NO PLANNING, POLICY CHANGES ARE THE ORDER OF THE DAY. PEOPLE WHO CAN CALL CASUAL WORK AS EMPLOYMENT CREATION. GOOD EMPLOYMENT IS WHERE ONE WILL BE ENTILED FOR RETIREMENT PACKAGE OR CONTRACT GRADUITY, ONE IS ABLE TO PAY TAXES AND NAPSA THAT IS WHAT YOU CAN CALL EMPLOYMENT.VIVA HH, VIVA UPND.
    WE IN UPND SHALL BE ABLE TO RESPECT PEOPLE’S RIGHTS AND PROPERTY NOT IN PF GOVERNMENT WHERE PF CADRES ARE INVADING PEOPLE’S FARMS BY FORCE.ITS SHAMEFUL.
    WE THEREFORE, AS UPND INVITE ALL WELL MEANING CITIZENS TO TRUST US . WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN ALLIANCES ANY MORE. THIS TIME AROUND WE ARE VERY READY TO GO IT ALONE.WE HAVE ALREADY PROVED IN PARLIAMENT THAT WE HAVE THE MOST EDUCATED MPS WHO CAN DEBATE OBJECTIVELY.THEREFORE, WE INVITE ALL ZAMBIANS TO UNITE THROUGH UPND. FORGET ABOUT THE PAID UP NEWSPAPERS STORIES DISCREDITING UPND. THAT CAMPAIGN HAVE FAILED TO GIVE THEM RESULTS INSTEAD MORE PEOPLE ARE COMING TO US. IMAGINE EVEN ECZ HAVE SEEN SENSE THAT WHAT UPND HAS BEEN COMPLAINING IS VERY TRUE. THAT THE APPLICATION OF POA IS SELECTIVE. SO LET THOSE INCLUDING THE IG WHO HAVE BEEN DISPUTING OF COMPLAINT DENY NOW. SINCE A LEARNED JUDGE MANAGING ECZ HAVE ALSO SEEN THE SELECTIVE APPLICATION OF POA.VIVA HH. AGAIN YOU HAVE SCORED, ON THE SI33 AND SI 55 YOU SCORED. THANKS FOR THE MESSAGE HH WHICH YOU GAVE TO UNZA STUDENTS. THE PRESENTATION WAS WELL THOUGHT OUT. YOU HAVE SCORED.VIVA HH . VIVA UPND. HOW I WISH I COULD BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS ZAMBIANS ON HOW WE AS UPND WILL COME AND MANAGE THE ECONOMY, EXPLAIN TO ZAMBIANS HOW OUR EDUCATION POLICY WILL MANAGE THE THE EDUCATION SECTOR, HOW WE SHALL MANAGE THE MINES AND AGRICULTURE AND HOW BEST WE SHALL MANAGE THE HEALTH SECTOR. AND HOW WE SHALL MAKE USE OF OUR RETIRED EXPERTISE TO REJUVANETE THE ECONOMY.GOD BLESS ZAMBIANS. VIVA HH. VIVA UPND

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