The United Nations (UN) says it is working towards training the police service in the application of the Public Order Act.

In a statement made available to the media, the UN resident coordinator Janet Rogan said the training was in preparation for the August 11 general elections.

She said there was need for the police service and political parties to work together to ensure successful elections.

“Political parties and the police need to work together as the country prepares for general elections to ensure they help in fostering a non-violent environment,” she said.

Ms. Rogan said the UN was looking at how best the POA could be implemented and applied.

She said the successful implementation of the Public Order Act would help promote a better understanding between the police and political parties even before the Act is amended.

And Ms Rogan said Zambia had successfully held elections and undergone a series of changes of government without a break down of law and order.

She noted that the peaceful attitude that Zambians had exhibited should be commended.

“Zambia has had a number of elections and the country has remained peaceful, this is something that must be commended and maintained”, she said.

Ms. Rogan said she is hopeful that this year’s elections will also be violent free.

The UN resident coordinator also noted that her visit to the province was to see how the UN could support the Government to change the agricultural patterns in the province.

“My visit to the province is not only to launch the He for She campaign in the province but also to explore ways of enhancing sustainable agriculture in the province,” she said.


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