INSPECTOR General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has called for professionalism and adequate preparedness by police officers in policing this year’s tripartite elections which he says will be unique.

Speaking during the official opening of orientation workshop for training of trainers for election policing at Tuskers Hotel in Kabwe, Mr Kanganja said the police play an important role in the electoral process by ensuring that an incident-free election is delivered to the citizenry.

“Recognizing the importance that the police play in the electoral process and considering that we only have a few months left before elections, the Police Command appreciates such preparedness,” said Mr. Kanganja in a speech delivered by his deputy in charge of administration Mr Eugene Sibote.

Mr. Kanganja also noted that this year’s election will be unique as it marks a paradigm shift in the electoral system following the amended Constitution which President Edgar Lungu assented to on 5th January this year.

“This year’s general elections will not be like any other election held in Zambia before. It will be unique and historical in the sense that it marks a paradigm shift in the electoral system as precipitated by the amendments to the Constitution which were recently assented to by the President, His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu,” he said.

And in an interview with the Daily Nation, Zambia Police deputy spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said that the workshop drew participants from all parts of the country and was funded by the United Nations Development Programme.  He reiterated that Zambia Police was committed to maintaining peace, law and order fairly.

He said the police was committed to ensuring a free and fair election and would not hesitate to deal with perpetrators of electoral violence.

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