The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has been petitioned to hold a meeting with political parties to address various electoral concerns that may affect the August 11 elections, National Revolution Party (NRP) president Cosmo Mumba confirmed yesterday.

And ECZ public relations manager Cris Akufuna confirmed receiving the petition by the NRP president and that it would be submitted to the commission to consider the matters that were raised.

Speaking after he successfully petitioned the commission, Dr Mumba said he wanted clarity on a number of issues to deal with election and preparations.

“I have written a letter to the Electoral Commission of Zambia to petition them on a few issues and I have asked them to hold an emergency meeting with us political parties on the issues raised,” he said. Dr Mumba explained that one of the issues he had raised was the presidential nomination fees which ECZ had still not announced.

He said presidential aspirants needed to know the amounts they required to pay in good time to enable them plan ahead.

‘‘We need to know how much the nomination fees are now and not to be told a month before the elections that we are required to pay K100,000; how to pay that kind of money in a short period, we need to plan,’’ he said.

The NRP leader said political parties had to know whether they were required to bring all the supporters to Lusaka or they would be recorded from provincial centres.

“We need to know how the 1,000 supporters we are now required to produce will be recorded in provincial centres or we have to transport them to Lusaka; all these are clarifications I need to get from the ECZ,’’ he said.

He said other concerns were the clarification on the Public Order Act, declaration of the election period as well as the campaign period. Dr Mumba urged the ECZ to quickly declare the electoral and campaign period because parties such as the United Party for National Development (UPND) had already started campaigning.

He also assured his supporters that he would run for the presidency in this year’s general elections and he expected a lot of support from them.

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