By Nation Reporter
CALLS by the UPND urging citizens not to vote in the referendum may actually work against whatever advantage they may have political scientist Alex Ngoma has observed.
In an interview yesterday Dr Ngoma said that the UPND a would learn a bitter lesson similar to what UNIP went through in 1996 for having boycotted general elections.
Dr Ngoma who is also University of Zambia (UNZA) political science lecturer said that the UPND needed to rethink through their decision as voting against the referendum would work against.
“The UPND can actually learn a bitter lesson from what UNIP went through in 1996 after boycotting elections UNIP has never been the same and a lot of people may take that as lack of understanding of what is going on in the country. So it is extremely important for the UPND to think its position,” Mr Ngóma said.
He said that the party needed to take a more civilised approach in its campaigns, stating that the way forward was not to call for a boycott but to engage Government and the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) over their concerns.
Dr Ngoma said that it was unfortunate that the UPND intended to influence the electorates negatively on a good cause that would benefit their welfare.
He appealed to all the churches and civil society organisations and political players to consider sensitising citizens on the referendum.
He said that the sensitisation on the referendum was not supposed to be left to the ECZ alone but that all citizens needed to actively participate.
Dr Ngoma has urged citizens to jealously guard for peace and stability especially now that the ECZ had lifted a ban for campaigns in Namwala and Lusaka saying that an election was an opportunity to elect leaders of one’s preference and not to beat one Zambian or political party against the other.