POLITICAL parties in Zambia should emulate the United States system of adoption of candidates by subjecting them to a popular vote before being finally selected, says political activist Chiko Bwalya.
He said in an interview yesterday that it was unfortunate that the adoption process of Members of Parliament by different political parties was marred by intra and inter-party violence.
Mr Bwalya said politics were now being seen as a means of enriching one-self when the undertaking was about service to the people.
He appealed to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to consider giving separate days for nomination of candidates to minimize the likelihood of clashes of different political party candidates.
“The recent political party violence that we have witnessed involving candidates vying for MPs is unfortunate and it goes to show that people now consider politics as a means of enriching themselves.
‘‘We need to emulate the US by subjecting our candidates to a popular vote even before the final elections as a means of avoiding frustration and complaints from those who feel left out unjustly,” he said.
Mr Bwalya, who is a Patriotic Front member, appealed to all party members and candidates who have been left out to rally behind President Lungu as it was for the good of the party.