THERE is need for political parties to be transparent in their adoption process of candidates as that will dispel allegations of corruption, says Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) executive director Goodwell Lungu.
In an interview yesterday Mr Lungu said that allegations of corruption in the adoption process by political parties especially for aspiring Members of Parliament could be attributed to a lot of applicants vying for few positions and that in some cases it might be mere speculation by frustrated candidates not selected as well as lack of transparency on the rules for the adoption process.
He said that it was a lesson as well as a challenge for political parties to emulate countries such as the United States of America (US) who settle for a candidate who wins on primary level as the same candidate who would emerge as final candidate. The TIZ recommended the holding of primaries at a wider scale unlike just in committees only so that the wishes of the people on the grassroots level would be reflected in the final adoption process.
Mr Lungu said that aggrieved candidates with evidence of bribery and other acts of malpractice are free to report to the ACC so that the matter was followed up to its logical conclusion.
“We understand that the leading political parties have
had a lot of applicants for a few positions. So yes, in certain instances it might be actual corruption while in some cases it is mere speculations coming from candidates who may not have been adopted but it’s mainly due to lack of transparency on the rules for adoption,” he said.
Mr Lungu has appealed to all political parties and candidates who would have successfully been fielded for elections to abide by the electoral code of conduct and carry out issue-based campaigns so that the electorates would be well informed as the country goes to the polls on August 11 and that all candidates avoided politics of character assassination, issuing threats and name calling.