OUR door-to-door campaign in Southern Province is working very well and we are bound to amass more votes in this year’s election than we did last year because the strategy is helping us have a personal interaction with the electorate, the Patriotic Front (PF) has said.
Provincial information and publicity deputy chairperson Paul Silungwe said with plenty of time to campaign and a good strategy in place to woo voters by the ruling party, the opposition should brace itself for a stiff competition in this year’s election.
Mr. Silungwe said the PF campaigns had gained momentum in the province, adding that he was happy that the ruling party’s campaigns were going on smoothly. The campaign teams in various places in the province wanted to ensure that they mopped up as many votes as they could for the party.
He said the PF was assured of victory because of a serious campaign it had embarked on in the area as opposed to last year’s presidential by-election in which it only had three weeks to organise itself but its candidate still emerged victorious.
He said he was happy that the leadership in the province was more united now than it was in last year’s election, adding that the party will reach all the homes in each of the constituencies because it wanted to have a one-on-one interaction with the electorate so that it changed their perception on the need to vote for quality leadership as opposed to voting along party lines.
“We are set to get more votes than we did in this province last year because we have enough time and our door-to-door campaigns are working well and the opposition should not think that they will have it easy this time. They had all the time to campaign last year, but we have started at the same time and the change of strategy will definitely help us amass more votes.
“Our target is to ensure that by 11th August, we will have visited every home across the province to share our manifesto and the need for people to trust us with national leadership going by what we have done for the country in this short period that we have been in power. Our campaigns have gained momentum and I can gladly say we are happy with what we have done so far,” Mr. Silungwe said.
And Mr. Silungwe said political campaigns in Southern Province had generally been peaceful and he urged all political parties to continue maintaining peace as the country drew near to the polling day.
He said it was important for political parties to base their campaigns on what they would do for the people if elected into power rather than resorting to violence because no political party could win an election by attacking opponents.
He said there was no need to attack one another because beyond political affiliations, all those seeking public office were Zambians who needed to safeguard the peace in the country.