SINAZONGWE constituency in Southern Province is topping the list of parliamentary candidates with 20 people aspiring to contest the seat on the UPND ticket.
And Livingstone constituency has recorded a total of 55 aspiring candidates wishing to contest the 17 wards in the city on the UPND ticket, beating the entire province.
According to sources within the party, Sinazongwe has 20 aspiring parliamentary candidates who have showed interest to stand on the party’s ticket followed by Itezhi-tezhi constituency with 13 candidates.
Livingstone had an initial number of 15 aspiring parliamentary candidates but the number has dropped to seven following the meeting in Choma which was addressed by party president Hakainde Hichilema where he advised those without the capacity to drop out of the race.
The source disclosed that out of the 20 aspiring candidates for
Sinazongwe, only three were carrying out their ground work campaigns ahead of the adoption process.
“We have a total number of 20 aspiring candidates who want to contest in Sinazongwe constituency but only three have been visiting and mobilizing the party.
‘‘I cannot give you the names but the three I am talking about are known to the people there,” he said.
Livingstone constituency has 55 aspiring candidates at local government level wanting to contest the 17 wards in the city on the UPND ticket, beating the entire province.
This came to light during a meeting held in Kalomo on Thursday for all local government aspiring candidates for Choma, Dundumwezi, Kalomo Central, Mapatizya, Livingstone and Katombola constituencies.
The meeting which was similar to that of aspiring parliamentary
candidates which was addressed by UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and held Choma last month was meant to orient and give direction to the aspiring candidates.
At the Kalomo meeting, candidates that were not resourceful, loyal to the party and electable were advised to drop out of the race and give way to those that qualify.