Envoy toasts new voters

THE registration of new voters is a positive sign because Zambia has suffered from voter apathy in the past years, said Ambassador of Finland Timo Olkkonen.

In an interview, he said democracy required a high voter turnout so that the choice would reflect the will of the people.

He said the embassy had been concerned about the rising levels of political violence.

He further explained that the fact that there had been some deliberate approach and clear willingness from the political leaders to address the concerns noted sent a message that violence was not acceptable.

“I hope this trend will prevail and that violence won’t be one of the things used for election campaign” He said it was interesting to see the change in the Constitution and that it would influence the dynamics of the elections.

Mr Olkkonen said he hoped the tradition of peaceful elections that Zambia has had would prevail.

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