THE discovery of Angolan refugees being registered as voters in Western Province by suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) members may just be a tip of the iceberg and the police and other investigative wings must swing into action to establish the truth, Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general Davies Chama has said.
Mr. Chama said such illegalities had the potential to influence the outcome of election results which would not be reflective of the will of Zambians and posed a huge security risk which the country may not manage to cope with.
He said the PF was in shock that the UPND could engage in acts that put the country at risk in its quest to run the affairs of the country and challenged the police to take a keen interest in the development in Western Province and the rest of the country as the scourge my not just be a single case.
Mr Chama urged the police to take the reports of such irregularities seriously by thoroughly investigating the matter and fishing out the culprits who may be at the centre of the criminal activities because they were a danger to the security of the country.
“The development in Western Province are not only unfortunate but against the law. Even if it is desperation for power, the UPND has gone too far and this is likely to create a problem for the country if tolerated and this is why the police need to be firm on this matter and carry out a thorough investigation of what is happening on the ground.
“How can people start working with foreigners to infiltrate the legal provisions of the country simply because they want to be in power? This is unacceptable and sad because we don’t know how far these people have gone in doing the same in other areas. This may just be one of the many cases which have gone unnoticed in other areas and this is why the police should be dispatched to Western Province to ascertain the situation,” Mr. Chama said.
He urged the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to be alive and vigilant to electoral malpractices while calling on the Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship to tighten up modalities of obtaining National Registration Cards (NRCs) in the area by carrying out thorough screening processes before issuing out the documents to curb the vice.
“For anyone to be registered as a voter, there is need for them to have an NRC and we are sure that there is also lot of cheating on the part of the foreigners who are obtaining these documents and that is why the department needs to be on the lookout. For ECZ, this is the beginning of electoral malpractices and they should be vigilant also so that they know which party is doing what.
“For the UPND, my appeal is that their desperation will not take them anywhere because no one wins an election through cheating. Whatever they do they will still lose this year’s election because they will be exposed,” he said.
Efforts to get a comment from the UPND over reports linking them to the voter registration proved futile as party spokesperson Charles Kakoma’s phone went unanswered.