POLITICAL parties experiencing internal leadership wrangles should resolve them as the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) will stick to its nomination date, says ECZ chairperson, Irene Mambilima.
She said the ECZ would not extend the date of nominations for the January 20, 2015 presidential by-election.
The Patriotic Front and the MMD are currently in court over who should be fielded as the presidential candidate.
Justice Mambilima said this at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday.
She said the Commission was concerned with political leadership wrangles in some political parties ahead of the December 17, 18 and 19 presidential nominations.
Justice Mambilima said the Commission would go ahead and receive the nominations of political parties candidates as scheduled.
“In view of what is happening out there, I wish to take this opportunity and call upon all political parties to put their houses in order and ensure that the wrangles being reported by the press are resolved before then.
“Only one aspiring candidate per political party will be allowed to file nominations ahead of the forthcoming presidential election.Where there were issues to be resolved, we expect that political parties to address their problems before the date for nominations,” said Justice Mambilima.
She also appealed to political partries with more than one presidentuial candidates to resolve their matter before nomination time table.
“It is my appeal to those political parties which seem to have two or more candidates like PF and MMD to resolve their issues before nominations because only one person will be a candidate.
“Political parties have had enough time. According to the Constitution, this election should be conducted within 90 days. The 90th day is the 26th day of January 2015, so we must conduct this election on or before. So everybody must be mindful of this programme,” said Justice Mambilima she said.
Justice Mambilima said the Commission may only extend the nomination calendar in an event where there were more that 10 aspiring candidates.
Justice Mambilima reminded political players that in the Zambian law, there was no provision of independent candidate and therefore the Commission shall not receive any nominations from independent presidential candidates.
“I wish to take this opportunity to remind all political parties that in terms of the law, there are no independent candidates in a presidential election, every candidate must be adopted or sponsored by a political party.
“No candidate can come and say am an independent candidate. Everybody must be adopted and or sponsored. A political party can only sponsor or adopt one candidate,” said Justice Mambilima.
She has since called for peaceful campaigns and peaceful polls saying everybody had a role to play in making the election peaceful.
The Commission would also next week meet secretary generals and other senior party officials of participating political parties for a briefing at the ECZ Headquarters.