THE Anti-Voter Apathy Project (AVAP) on the Copperbelt has urged clergymen to stop misleading their flock about the issue of referendum because doing so is tantamount to committing a crime.
AVAP Copperbelt provincial coordinator Poster Jumbe said his organization has been receiving disturbing reports that some pastors in Kitwe were telling their followers that when voting for the referendum they should not vote on the eye because doing so would be voting for Satan.
Mr Jumbe said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that a pastor from a Pentecostal church in Kwacha township of Kitwe on Sunday told his congregants that when voting for the referendum they should not vote on the eye which was a symbol for the devil.
“Clergymen and women should not mislead the people on the issue of referendum. The church is an institution people trust and so whatever comes from the church, people believe it. But if people are misled in church, then we have a problem.
“The pastors are the ones who are say lying is a sin, but they are the ones who are giving false information to their followers. Giving false information to the people is a criminal offence,” Mr Jumbe said.
He said if pastors had little or no knowledge about the issue of referendum, they should invite people who were conversant about the matter, instead of misleading their flock.
And Mr Jumbe has said the electorate should not allow themselves to be led in the wrong direction by false campaign promises of some candidates, but should think seriously about the kind of person they wanted to vote for.
He said the electorate should not get excited about campaign promises from some candidates, but vote for people who would secure positive and realistic development.
“Zambians must think seriously about whom they want to vote for and they must know and be confident that the prospective Member of Parliament (MP) is going to secure positive and realistic development for the constituency and its constituents.
“Zambians should not allow themselves to be led in the wrong direction by false campaign promises of some candidates. They should not be excited about the campaign promises, but should be able to ask themselves how workable are the campaign promises,” he said.
He also urged politicians and candidates participating in the August 11 elections to preach peace, be honest and straightforward in their campaign promises.