AVAP welcomes postponement of Livingstone by election

The Anti-Voter Apathy Project (AVAP) has welcomed the postponement of the parliamentary by-elections in Livingstone to March 14.

AVAP executive Director Richwell Mulwani is of the view that the deferment of the parliamentary by election will give time to electorates in the area to reflect and find a solution to the ongoing violence during the by-elections.

Mr Mulwani said the present  situation was and still is, not conducive to promote free, fair and credible elections.

He said the tempers of the people in Livingstone especially within the UPND camps were very high following the arrest of their leader Hichilema Hakainde, two members of parliament and other party officials.

Mr  Mulwani said the deferment of this election will help them to cool down and reflect on the high level of violence that has reflected in Livingstone.

He observed that there was need for ECZ to take a leading stance in providing guidance to all political parties on how to they could manage their cadres and ensure the environment that support credible electoral process.

Mr Mulwani further challenged the Zambia Police to work professionally and provide protection to all citizens.

“I am advising young people in politics to help their fellow cadres to understand the principles of democracy as this will prevent young people in future from being used by politicians as tool of violence,” said Mr Mulwani.

He urged the PF government to stop appointing Members of Parliament from the opposition into government, because the trend was attracting expulsions that resulted into unnecessary by-elections.

“The weakening of the opposition political parties is leading the country to a situation which may culminate into a one party state, a situation which was rejected some 22 plus years ago,” he said.