By Nation Reporter
THE campaigns for August 11, 2016 general elections should not be about insults, name-calling or violence, but issues which will persuade and convince the electorate to vote for a particular political party and its candidates, says Anti-Voter Apathy Project (AVAP) Copperbelt coordinator Poster Jumbe.
He said the electorate were expecting the ruling and opposition political parties to engage in issue-based campaigns, but that they were surprised to note some opposition party leaders encouraging their cadres to engage in violence.
Mr Jumbe said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that it would be difficult for the electorate to vote for certain political parties, especially those whose leaders were encouraging violence and using unpalatable language.
“As we get closer to August 11 elections, we expect the ruling party and the opposition political parties to engage in issue-based campaigns. We expect the ruling party to tell Zambians why they should continue in Government while on the other hand the opposition should tell Zambians why they ought to be voted into government,” he said.
Mr Jumbe condemned the violence which erupted in Lusaka on Sunday when UPND cadres attacked the PF office in Matero constituency and wondered what was agreed on by political leaders at the inter-party indaba in March in Lusaka where they resolved to end violence.
“These political party leaders met in March in Lusaka during an inter-party meeting which was chaired by the church. At that meeting, they resolved to stop violence, but I am surprised that despite resolving to end violence, some political parties are still perpetrating the same vice,” he said.
Mr Jumbe said violence should not be encouraged by any right thinking person because it could lead to voter apathy and even scare away investors in the country.
He said Zambia has been attracting investors because of the peace the country has been enjoying for a long time; hence it was important that leaders who advocated violence were rejected.