ELECTORAL Commission of Zambia (ECZ) is hopeful that the 2015 presidential by-elections will be free of malpractices and violence.
ECZ public relations manager Cris Akufuna said this yesterday at the ECZ 2015 presidential election peace concerts in Lusaka, Kitwe and Livingstone dubbed; “Say no to electoral violence and malpractice”
Mr Akufuna said the idea behind the musical concerts was to spread the message of no violence and malpractice free elections.
He said ECZ decided to use music with the view of targeting a different audience unlike the television and radio campaigns.
Mr Akufuna said the musical concert complemented other channels of sensitization which included; TV, radio, and billboards.
“Through music we are also telling them that there is need for those who might have lost their voters cards to have them replaced as soon possible. The exercise will start tomorrow December 28 until next month before the polls,” he said.
Lusaka concert organizer, Andrew Chola who is also CHAPRO executive director, said the event was aimed at creating and preaching peace to the public and educating voters about the dangers of malpractices and violence.
“We are using gospel artists to send the message through music to the general public in order for them to be taught what to do and the dangers of electoral malpractice,” he said.
Mr Chola also called on the church to pray for the forthcoming presidential by-elections in order for the polls to be peaceful.
“The church is the watch man of the nation. It is the olive branch of peace and unity,” he said. Mr Chola urged political parties to exercise peaceful campaigns during the 2015 presidential polls.
He said politicians needed to be involved in peace efforts and incouraging members to embrace peace because there was only one Zambia.
Musicians who participated at the Lusaka concert were Mathews Ngosa, Kings Malembe Malembe, Towela Nyirongo, Mweshi Mulusa, Portipha, Hope, Bauleni Catholic choir, Mutendere choir, Kamanga parish choir and BJ Ngosa.