Elections not easy to rig-Apuleni

By Nation Reporter

ALLEGATIONS of rigging elections against Minister of Local Government Stephen Kampyongo and his permanent secretary Amos Malupenga are being made by individuals whose motive is to cause anarchy in the country, Laiven Apuleni has charged.

Mr Apuleni, who is former Choma district commissioner, said that individuals who made such allegations were either ignorant of how elections were conducted or had a motive to cause anarchy in the country.

He said that it was surprising that people who wanted to manipulate the August 11 elections had, in fact, lost the 2015 presidential election and had started scheming on how to win the forthcoming elections fraudulently.

“It is, therefore, surprising that the very people that did everything to ensure that the outcome of the August 11 elections is manipulated are the ones crying foul. In the case of Zambia, I do know for a fact that those with intentions to rig elections started the process soon after losing elections in 2015 but they failed to attain the targeted figures, “Mr Apuleni said

Mr Apuleni said the electoral process in Zambia was one of the best in Africa, stating that rigging an election during the process of voting was almost impossible.

“All those making these allegations are either ignorant of how elections are conducted in Zambia or are individuals whose motive is to create anarchy in this country. It is a fact that our electoral process is one the best in Africa to an extent that rigging the outcome of an election during the process of voting is almost impossible,’’ Mr Apuleni said.

Mr Apuleni has challenged individuals and The Post Newspaper to come up with facts instead of misleading the nation with innuendoes.

“The allegations as expressed by some leaders and some sections of the media are nothing but speculations and I challenge anyone who claims so to come up with facts,’’ he said.

He said that the mere transfers of Town Clerks and Council Secretaries could not translate into maneuvers to manipulate the outcome of the of elections unless one was very ignorant of how elections were conducted.

He said that the ministry of Local Government and Housing was within its mandate to make any transfers of officers whenever it deemed fit.

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