The electoral playing field

WITH only 20 days remaining before Zambians cast their ballots in favour of their preferred candidates, it is good to note that all presidential candidates are going about their campaigns unrestricted.

Most Zambians will remember next month’s elections as one in which politicians used advanced technology.

We have noted the enhanced use of social media, helicopters and planes to reach far-flung areas of Zambia in the shortest possible time  to capture the hearts of many voters.

This is as it should be in a democracy such as Zambia. Unless one does not meet the qualifications, people who are politically active and interested in public office should be given opportunities to exercise their democratic right to participate in elections.

In this election, we have also noted that the police have not been heavy handed on regulating meetings.

So far, we have not heard of any political party that has been denied the right to campaign.

All of a sudden, the complaints about the Public Order Act have become a remote subject.

What the public is witnessing is the freedom of association they have always desired.

We hope the relative peace we have witnessed in the campaigns so far will be maintained so that Zambians can have peaceful polls on January 20.

We are also happy that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) are on top of preparations for the polls.

Already, the printing of ballots is under way in South Africa and by January 9, 2015 the job will be done.

We are urging all presidential hopefuls to be candid to Zambians and campaign on a platform of truth.

Zambians have so many challenges that have remained unresolved for many years.

More lies in the political arena will just make voters to lose interest in politicians.

This is the reason why we need politicians to be systematic and offer to do that which is achievable in the short term since this is a transition period.

All politicians should be mindful that there is a civil service of technocrats which guides the implementation of programmes.

It would be sad for the presidential candidates making promises to find a different way of doing things when they are elected to the top job in the land.

Otherwise, we hope that all presidential candidates will properly market themselves in this election by visiting all the parts of Zambia so that the electorate can hear their messages of hope for Zambia.

As we have said, with only 20 days remaining before the polls, it will be a crucial period for those who wish to become President of Zambia.

Otherwise the ground looks even for political campaigns.