Peaceful poll campaigns cheer YALI

IT IS encouraging to see politicians conducting peaceful campaigns in the country ahead of August 11 general elections, says Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) governance advisor Isaac Mwanza.

Mr Mwanza said he was impressed with the peaceful campaigns so far exhibited by political parties taking part in the elections.

He said despite the allegedly pulling down of political campaign materials by some cadres, the campaigns so far were impressive in that no forms of violence had been recorded so far.

“The current situation is impressive considering that in the past there were ugly incidents of violence which was worrying to most Zambians, but so far campaigns are going on smoothly,” he said.

Mr Mwanza said if political players could maintain this kind of atmosphere, the country would hold peaceful elections. He encouraged political parties to allow their opponents campaign freely in their strongholds.

And YALI has welcomed Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) for coming on board to support the campaign  for the referendum to be held alongside with elections.

“We applaud JCTR for changing their stance from their opposition to holding the referendum alongside the 2016 general elections as was proposed by Government.

‘‘We are hopeful too that the entire Grand Coalition will also come along and see the good of holding the referendum at this point,” he said.

JCTR was now reported to be supporting the holding of the referendum on the Bill of Rights alongside the August 11 elections, saying that the Bill included people’s social, economic and cultural rights.

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