UPND fails to produce PVT

THE opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has been challenged to make public their own Parallel Voter Tabulation (PVT) which they are using to claim they had won the last general elections. Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) executive director Pukuta Mwanza told the Daily Nation yesterday that the UPND leadership had been making outrageous statements that they had won the August 11th general elections without facts. When confronted UPND secretary general Stephen Katuka refused to comment or provide the PVT, saying: “If I give you a comment your boss will change it.” Rev Mwanza stated that claims by UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema that he had won the presidency without facts and details were nothing but wishful thinking and a recipe for anarchy and lawlessness in the country. He said the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) was a consortium of five church groups and one could not discredit a consortium that had such a large number of Christian churches. “The CCMG is a very credible institution whose PVT cannot be doubted. The PVT conducted by CCMG was a validation of the ECZ results. They (UPND) must accept such a credible PVT conducted by a group such as the CCMG and I think anybody contradicting such results should have facts and provide their own PVT. They should display and explain how their PVT results were arrived at,” Rev Mwanza said. He said the PVT results conducted by CCMG had been very consistent with the PVT conducted in 2011, 2015 and 2016 and could therefore not be considered to have been flawed. “If anybody has got any outcome of their own PVT, the best is to make these results public and show the variance between various PVTs on the outcome of the elections. “But to make outrageous comments as to who won the election and who did not win without facts and details of their statement is wishful thinking and it is not just right. It is a recipe for anarchy, recipe for lawlessness and a recipe for just rhetoric for wanting to claim results they have not obtained,” Rev Mwanza said. He said it was very unfair for the UPND to claim they won the general elections without providing their own PVT. Rev Mwanza said the PVT results by the CCMG actually guaranteed that results of the August general elections were very credible. Rev Mwanza said people should understand that in any election there coRev Mwanza said Zambia must move forward and those who had lost the election must show integrity by acknowledging the winner.

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