THE United Progressive People (UPP) says the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) will deliver credible elections despite allegations that the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) will manipulate the electoral process.
Speaking during the launch of the UPP foreign policy for 2017-2021 yesterday, party president Saviour Chishimba said the ECZ could be counted upon to deliver a credible election based on the 2011 election in which the PF emerged winner despite the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) having been in power. Mr. Chishimba said while it was true that elections could be tampered with, the country still had enough platforms to resolve such issues in an event that it was clear that they occurred, adding that resorting to violence was not the best option for political parties that would feel aggrieved.
“While it is undeniable that there are many draconian methods that the ruling party is using to tamper with the electoral process, we in the UPP have confidence that the ECZ will deliver a credible election. We can rely on the ECZ based on the 2011 election record when, the then opposition PF emerged victorious against all olds.
“The MMD tried by all means to tamper with the electoral process but in the end, the ECZ, whose presiding officers were appointed by the MMD government, decided to stand with the people’s choice as opposed to serving the interests of their masters. We are living in an era where there are electoral malpractices but there are various platforms that are available to solve the issues without any bloodshed,” Mr. Chishimba said.
He said he was a fundamentally different individual among presidential hopefuls and should not be compared to those who had no idea on how best to lead the country but were only driven by petty ambition.
He said it was appalling to see how leadership had morphed from firebrand nationalists with interests of the people at heart to a new breed of selfish get-rich-fast leaders who, instead of being servants, had become masters of the people they wanted to lead. He claimed he had a mission to transform the country through job creation.
“I stand for president as a man with a mission and a cause to direct the destiny of my country in the proper direction or trajectory. We live in an era of inequality that has assumed a momentum of its own. It’s my mission to ease the odds that have heavily stacked against ordinary Zambians.
“I am fundamentally different from other presidential candidates who have no idea about the best way to go forward to launch Zambia on a new developmental trajectory. As president, I will free the people from the exertions of extreme poverty and multiple deprivations. This I will do through massive job creation under the national strategic development plan that UPP has developed,” he said.