‘Claim of vote stealing failse’

IT is unfortunate for the UPND candidate Hakainde Hichilema to claim that his votes were stolen in the just ended presidential elections, Democratic Governance and Human Rights Advocates (DEGHA) has said.

DEGHA president Gerald Mutelo said the elections were generally free, fair, peaceful and transparent.

“Political parties and NGOs shad monitors, observers and agents at every polling station witnessing how people were voting and how votes were counted in a transparent manner by ECZ,” he said.

He said results showed the will of the Zambians, adding that those who were not happy with the results should go to court and petition the election results.  Mr Mutelo said there was need for Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and Non-Governmental Organisations to do a lot of sensitization so that Zambians did not experience voter apathy again.

He said his organization was disappointed at the lower turn out of voters. Mr Mutelo said very few voters participated in voting, adding that there was too much voter apathy which was not good for democracy.

“ECZ should find a way to allow all registered voters to be able to vote from anywhere in Zambia unlike now where one can only vote  from the polling station where they registered as voters,” he said.

Mr Mutelo said such a system caused a lot of people not to vote because they had moved from the towns where they registered to other towns owing to various reasons. He said such a system disenfranchised a lot of people as they could not  exercise their constitutional right to vote.

“ECZ should ensure that they start early voter education, voter’s card replacement and registration of new voters,” he said.

Mr Mutelo urged Zambians not to vote for a person based on tribe but on personal conviction  that   the  candidate  they  want  will  facilitate   and fulfill  the  visions   and aspirations  of  all Zambians.

He said tribal voting was bad and could contribute to disunity, destruction and confusion in the nation.

“Let us all condemn tribal voting and tribalism because it can destroy our democracy in Zambia,” he said.

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