ACC warns political parties against vote-buying

By Nation Reporter

THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has warned political parties against vote-buying and engaging in electoral corruption that could influence the outcome of the August 11 general elections.

ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono said at a second quarter media briefing yesterday that it was important that political parties should respect the rule of law to ensure that elections were free, fair and credible.

Mr Moono said that it was the desire of the Commission that political party players desisted from engaging in electoral malpractices such as vote-buying, inducements, gifts or bribing electorates as their choice of leaders could easily be compromised.

“The Commission wishes to strongly advise political party players to respect the rule of law by desisting from vote-buying or bribing electorates to influence them to vote in a certain pattern as well as giving gifts, loans or other material things as inducements or gratification to voters,” Mr Moono said.

He said that ACC would soon engage political parties to devise a mechanism to enhance a transparent adoption system which could minimise future loopholes for corruption.

“The Commission will also continue to engage political parties on the best ways to devise transparent adoption systems for the future to minimise opportunities for corruption,” he said.

Mr Moono said that as part of the strategy to minimise electoral corruption and other related electoral malpractices, (ACC) partnered with Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to carry out sensitisation activities to the public on electoral corruption.

He said that ACC in collaboration with TIZ in all provincial centres and some selected districts had been sensitising voters as well as aspiring candidates for political office on the dangers of electoral corruption and other malpractices.

Mr Moono said that the institutions would endeavour to monitor campaigns with its available resources and called on all citizens to take their civic responsibility to alert the ACC whenever they suspected corrupt activities.

He explained that ACC was encouraging the public to report suspected cases of electoral corruption and warned that any person found wanting with regards to such cases would be dealt with sternly.

And the ACC had recorded five cases of suspected corruption in the manner some of the Grade 12 Certificates were obtained as well as how some National Registration Cards were acquired by some through bribery during the adoption process of some candidates.

Mr Moono said that investigations in two of the cases had been instituted and were ongoing while three of the cases had been referred for administrative action as the information fell short of the need to institute investigations.

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