DORA Siliya is still in the race for adoption to stand on the Patriotic Front (PF) ticket because the constituency committee that rejected her was not the final authority, says two PF central committee members.
PF chairman for elections Emmanuel Mpakata said yesterday that the Petauke constituency officials were a lower organ of the party which could not reject former Ms Siliya because that was the responsibility of the party’s Central Committee.
And PF secretary general Davies Chama also said nobody in Petauke had rejected Ms Siliya to stand on the ruling party ticket.
Mr Mpakata said nobody at the lower level could reject Ms Siliya before the Central Committee handled the matter.
He said the Patriotic Front had received four applications from Petauke Central constituency and that the party was currently reviewing the applicants.
Mr Mpakata said Petauke Central PF members must also understand that the adoption process did not mean that their decision was final, adding that after their voting, the decision had to go to the next stage.
He said the final stage of the selections and adoption process of candidates for any particular seat was the Central Committee.
“Lower organs of the party do not adopt candidates but they just recommend to the Central Committee,” Mr Mpakata said.
And Mr Chama said Ms Siliya came third after the constituency reviewed her application adding that it did not mean that she had been rejected.
“Right now I am just from addressing Petauke Central PF members of which Ms Siliya also attended. No one has rejected her and reports which are suggesting such information are false,” he said.
Mr Chama said the constituency officials which some media houses were basing their conclusion was a small organ of the party which cannot adopt a candidate. He said the district committee would today interview the candidates before the provincial committee.
“What we are doing is the normal adoption process so reports which are suggesting that Ms Siliya has been rejected are not true,” he said.