5 February 2013

Zambia: Livingstone By-Election - Politicians Pledge Peace

Photo: CDDR-zambia
(File photo) Zambian police beat and teargas opposition protesters.

SIX political parties taking part in the Livingstone Parliamentary by-election have resolved to promote peace and good electoral practices ahead of the by-elections slated for February 28, this year.

The resolution is contained in a statement released in Livingstone by all the political parties taking part in the polls.

They said they would maintain peace before, during and after the elections.

The political parties are the Patriotic Front (PF), United Party for National Development Party (UPND), United National Independence Party (UNIP), MMD, United Liberal Party (ULP) and Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD).

"We being representatives of six political parties and being members of the Livingstone district political parties liaison committee wish to commit ourselves to the promotion of harmony, peace and good electoral practices, before, during and after the Livingstone by-election scheduled for 28 February 2013," the political parties stated.

The political parties also thanked the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for the formation of the district political party liaison committee which was rolled out on Saturday in Livingstone.

They stated that this interface among political parties would greatly enhance understanding of electoral matters at district level.

Meanwhile, The Zambia Police Service has called on people in Livingstone to desist from blaming one another over the death of Johan Lyakoka 19, who died in the early hours of Saturday in Livingstone.

Mr Lyakoka was the cook of PF Livingstone by-elections campaign Manager Obvious Mwaliteta.

Deputy Inspector General of police, Solomon Jere urged people speculating on the death of Mr Lyakoka to stop and wait for the full investigations to be concluded.

Speaking to the journalists at Livingstone Central Police yesterday, Dr Jere said that there was need to give the police a chance to conclude the investigations.

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