PRESIDENTIAL candidates claiming that elections are rigged are inviting behaviour that can encourage anarchy and despondency in the nation, former Home Affairs Minister Peter Machungwa has said.
He expressed disappointment at comments made by some opposition leaders that presidential polls were already rigged against the opposition.
Dr Machungwa said such talk was a recipe for violence and had the potential to encourage violent reactions from the people.
“At the level this election has reached, it is in the hands of the voters. And it is unacceptable to say this election has been rigged. It is actually showing political immaturity by those claiming the vote has been stolen,” he said.
The former minister charged that it was undemocratic to suggest that only one candidate must win when there were eleven contenders of which only one of them could win.
Dr Machungwa was commenting on media reports attributed to one of the major contenders in today’s presidential election that the vote was already rigged in favour of the ruling PF party candidate Edgar Lungu.
According to reports, the said opposition party leader has threatened to reject any other result other than a win, which has drawn a lot of mixed reactions. Zambia goes to the polls today to vote for its sixth Republican President following the death of President Michael Sata in October last year.