By Nation Reporterr
OPPOSITION Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) presidential candidate Edith Nawakwi on Monday evening stormed the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) offices to lodge a complaint after her mayoral candidates were disqualified for filing their nominations late.
And yesterday, immediately after the ECZ stakeholders’ closed door meeting held at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre, Ms Nawakwi emotionally confronted a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) official, Richard Cox who has been attached to the commission, advising opposition political parties and stakeholders to trust the Commission.
Ms Nawakwi told Mr Cox to stay away from the affairs of the nation because he was a foreigner and had no right to interfere with the commission’s business.
During the stakeholders closed door meeting, Ms Nawakwi together with UPND campaign manager Dipak Patel, issued threats to the commission and accused them (ECZ) of planning to rig the August 11 general elections.
Dr Cosmo Mumba, who attended the meeting, told journalists that both Mr Patel and Ms Nawakwi issued alarming statements during the stakeholders meeting and threatened the operations of ECZ.
And on Monday evening, Ms Nawakwi furiously stormed ECZ over their decision to prevent FDD Mayoral Candidates from filing in nominations because they were reported to have arrived late at the nomination centre.
She complained to Justice Chulu in the car park that her candidates were stopped from filing despite arriving 15 minutes before close of nominations.
Ms Nawakwi explained that the party had to raise nomination fees for the candidates, hence the delay and asked Justice Chulu to extend the filing in period. But Justice Chulu refused and told Ms Nawakwi to appreciate that the Commission had even reduced the nomination fees.
Meanwhile, Ms Nawakwi told journalists at Mulungushi yesterday that the Commission owed FDD about K99, 000.
“Yesterday, ECZ turned back a lot of our people that they didn’t have money, but they got money from us and we paid nomination fees which they reduced several times. So they owe us a lot of money,” Ms Nawakwi said. Ms Nawakwi also confirmed that yesterday (Monday) she went to meet the chairperson about 18, 19 hours but that his bodyguard harassed a reporter from the Post and was asked to delete the picture of her standing talking to Justice Chulu.