THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has set Thursday, February 29, 2013 as the date for the Mpongwe parliamentary by-election.
The commission has also set the same date for local government by-elections in 25 wards in Chibombo, Kapiri Mposhi, Mkushi, Luangwa, Lusaka, Kabompo, Mwinilunga, Chavuma and Itezhi Tezhi districts.
The Mpongwe parliamentary seat fell vacant after Member of Parliament, Gabriel Namulambe resigned from the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) to join the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) while the vacancies in the 25 wards arose from resignations, deaths, and defections of councillors.
ECZ public relations manager Cris Akufuna announced the date in a statement yesterday.
He has also advised all aspiring candidates in the Mpongwe parliamentary by-election to attend a nomination briefing on January 29, next year at Mpongwe Civic Centre.
Mr Akufuna said the ECZ had set the period between Thursday, January 31 and Tuesday February 26, 2013 as the campaign period for both the parliamentary and local government by-elections.
He also said pursuant to section four of the Electoral Act No 13 of 2006, the commission has suspended voter registration from tomorrow, December 28, 2012 to March 3, next year.