About 106 aspiring Members of Parliament have shown interest to contest in the August 11 polls on the Patriotic Front ticket in North-Western Province, provincial PF chairperson Emmanuel Chihili has disclosed.
Mr Chihili told the Daily Nation that the response was overwhelming and most of the aspiring candidates were people of high calibre and of good standing in society.
‘’We have the support that we have never seen before as a party in the province,’’ he said.
He revealed that all the 106 aspiring candidates have already submitted their application letters for adoption and that all of them werere busy carrying out their groundwork campaigns ahead of the adoption process.
‘’As I am speaking now almost all of them have submitted their application letters, starting from their various constituencies up to the secretariat,‘’ he said.
And at local government level and council chairpersons, Mr Chihili said the party has attracted a huge number of people in all the wards.
And UPND provincial chairperson Col Grandson Katambi says his party is still receiving applications from its members both at parliamentary, local government and council chairmanship level.
MMD provincial chairperson Danny Mikosa said his party has not yet started the adoption process because the national executive committee has not given a go-ahead and that there were few people who had shown interest to contest on the former ruling party ticket.
‘’We are supposed to receive instructions from the NEC, so that has contributed to the dely in starting the adoption process and if anything there are few people wishing to contest on the MMD especially at local government,’’ Mr Mikosa said.
And Mr Mikosa said the provincial executive committee has resolved to go for the convention in order to iron out the tension that has rocked the party.
He said going by the party constitution it was clear that every after five years a national convention was supposed to be held.
‘’In addition to that the only way the party can overcome the tension is by holding a convention. This is an election period in which we are supposed to be organized but we are busy suspending each other; so the only solution is by holding a convention so that we give a fresh mandate to our party leaders,’’ he said.