Leave campaign posters alone

By Nation Reporter

A COPPERBELT-based political activist Charles Ngesa has cautioned the ruling party, opposition and independent candidates to stop tearing and removing each other’s political posters because the vice is against the electoral code of conduct set by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).

Mr Ngesa said it was unfortunate that in some parts of the Copperbelt some political players were on each  other’s throat and were  removing  campaign posters, thereby promoting violence in the process.

He said each and every political party or an independent individual who had been chosen to take part in the forthcoming August 11 general elections should be given an opportunity to campaign in a free and fair manner.

The political activist said the issue of removing, tearing down  and disfiguring campaign posters by some individuals should come to an end because doing so was infringing on the democratic rights of  those stakeholders taking part in the electoral process.

Mr Ngesa observed that there was no other political party or individual who was mightier than the other, hence the political campaign trails should be conducted in a conducive atmosphere.

He advised all political players not to employ un-electoral tactics that would disadvantage others in the general polls and after the exercise they would be in the front seat claiming foul play if they lost the elections.

Mr Ngesa said the issue of pulling down or disfiguring of the political posters was not a good way of selling their campaign message to the would-be voters.

He said it was disheartening to note that some political players were taking advantage of the youths by engaging them in dubious activities such as encouraging them to cause political chaos.

Mr Ngesa said the youths should denounce all forms of violence because they were the future of the nation and the best thing they could do was to associate themselves with a progressive party that would secure and protect their livelihood.

The political activist further said that any political party or political individuals found wanting by flouting the ECZ electoral code of conduct should be punished severely to deter the would -be offenders.

He urged voters to exercise their voting rights by turning up in large numbers on August 11, to vote for their preferred leaders.

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