IG warns truant party cadres


By Nation Reporter

The Zambia Police Service has warned of stern action to any party cadres who would be involved in any acts of violence during elections campaigns.

Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja said enough security measures had been put in place to make sure that campaigns were conducted in a free, fair and conducive manner.

He said that officers would be on alert to arrest and take to court all those who would be involved in any form of violence before, during and after elections.

Mr Kanganja also said officers would be on the ground to make sure that no cadres were transported on top of the buses or any unauthorised means of transport.

He further said service men in uniform and plain clothes had been deployed for the sole purpose of maintaining law and order throughout Zambia.

Mr Kanganja urged political leaders and stakeholders to restrain their cadres from political ferocity or any acts of violence.

He also warned cadres to desist from removing or defacing campaign materials as that constituted an offence under the Electoral Act which warranted prosecution of the culprits.

The IG also encouraged the public to report any breaches of the electoral code of conduct, adding that they should not be intimidated by the presence of the officers who were there to protect them.

Meanwhile Mr Kanganja has said the Zambia Police was investigating the matter under contention relating to the alleged registration of foreigners as voters.

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