23 September 2011

Zambia: The Post Newspaper, PF Worry MMD

THE MMD has said it is saddened by continued efforts by the Patriotic Front (PF) and the Post Newspaper to create an impression that the opposition political party has won this year's tripartite elections.

MMD deputy secretary national secretary Chembe Nyangu said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that that everyone was aware that not all results from the 150 constituencies had been announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), which is mandated to announce the final results. Mr Nyangu said the MMD was a law abiding political party that would wait for the final results to be announced by ECZ.

He said PF and the Post Newspaper were trying to hoodwink the public into believing that they had won so that when final results do not go their way, then they could incite violence.

"The MMD just like any other political party participating in the elections has its own view and can offer its opinion but we are restrained by the electoral code of conduct," he said.

He said the level of desperation exhibited by PF and the Post Newspaper was alarming and making MMD wonder what was at stake for people to go to an extent of blatantly breaking the law. "The voting pattern in this year's elections was the same as the 2006 and 2008 elections and we find no reason why people should start proclaiming themselves winners.

"If our friends in the opposition are very sure that they have won this year's elections, let them wait for the final announcement of the results by the ECZ," he said. Mr Nyangu called on peace-loving Zambians and MMD members to remain calm as they wait for final results to be announced

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