A non-governmental organization on good governance has charged that the 2016 elections will be determined by the people of Zambia and not the alliances that are being formed by political parties.

Gallant Youth in Zambia executive director Henry Mulenga said political parties would deceive themselves if they relied on alliances without rebuilding their parties ahead of the election.

He alleged that the current political scenario in the country did not give hope because most of the politicians have no campaign messages to convince electorates.

Mr Mulenga said it was not automatic that forming alliances would ascend some candidates to office, adding that political parties must prepare themselves adequately because the 2016 elections would be crucial.

He observed that political parties in their current form were weak and the onus remained on the party leaders to work on their weaknesses before they could rush into alliances.

He said the popularity of any political party was determined by the outcome of the general election results.

“The Zambian people are the ones holding the key to candidates aspiring to stand for 2016 elections and it is not about forming alliances,’’ he said.

Mr Mulenga claimed that from past experiences political alliances had never worked before and it was therefore important that such issues were discussed so that members from the respective parties understood what alliances meant.

He said forming an alliance should be genuine with the sole purpose of contributing to the country’s development, which would be through exchanging ideas and not politics of hate.

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