THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and the Human Rights Commission (HRC) are irrelevant to the democracy of the country and therefore, its leaders must resign, says UPND president Hakainde Hichilema.
He said that it was shocking that the ECZ declared the elections in Mpongwe and Livingstone free and fair when they were marred with violence, intimidation, buying of voters and abuse of the electoral code of conduct by those in leadership.
Mr. Hichilema said that ECZ had become corrupt and it was only fair that the Commission disbands to pave way for an independent Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) whose commissioners would not be appointed by a president who was also a political player.
“I am left without much to say apart from calling for the dissolution of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) because of its failure to guide or stop or punish perpetrators. For them to declare the last by elections in Livingstone and Mpongwe as free and fair it is surprising because people were beaten. One of the cadres was shooting scaring people. You saw the conduct of the police, it was uncalled for. One Minister even beat up a police officer for doing his duty,” he said.
Mr. Hichilema also said that the Human Rights Commission had lost its relevance in the protection and defending of human rights in the country.
“The brother to our Candidate in Mpongwe had his village set ablaze, his properties were destroyed and the HRC wants to tell the nation that the election were free and fair? This is nonsense and that is why we are saying that the PF has planted people in all governance institution to foresee that their interest is protected rather than the people of Zambia,” he said.
He said that it was disappointing that both the ECZ and HRC had failed to give the nation a correct picture of what transpired in both by elections, adding that their action was dangerous to the democracy of the country.
Mr. Hichilema reminded both the ECZ and HRC that its major and core function was to safeguard and promote good principals of human rights and observe elections that they are being held in a free and fair environment and not what happened with the PF.
He applauded the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) for its definitive position it had taken against the abuse of the Public Order Act and other issues related to the breach of the constitution by President Michael Sata and the PF government.
Mr. Hichilema said that it was time all well meaning Zambians stop the abuse of institutions supposed to protect the rights and freedoms of the people.
He also welcomed, Mike Muyawala, Former NAREP National Secretary, Chilufya Luchembe NAREP presidential spokesperson and Probby Chama former National Mobilisation Chairman.