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Election Body Calls for Peaceful Campaigns in Mufumbwe

The Electoral Commission of Zambia has called for peaceful campaigns in the run up to the Mufumbwe by-elections on November 8.

Chairperson for the commission Irene Mambilima has told political parties participating in the election to strictly adhere to the electoral code of conduct.

The seat fell vacant after former MP Steven Masumba was expelled from MMD for flirting with the PF such that not even a court order could save him.

PF are already engaged in intra-party violence with rival groups led by aspiring candidates Masumba and Elliot Kamondo clashing after trading accusations in the primary adoption process.

Mambilima said the commission was working closely with the Zambia Police to ensure a peaceful election was held in Mufumbwe.

She has also announced that the ballot papers will be printed in the United Kingdom instead of Government Printers which the PF had pledged will take over the responsibility of printing such material.

President Michael Sata, while in opposition vowed never to rule the country where ballot papers were printed in foreign lands, but has again broken that promise like in many cases.

Meanwhile, Youth Vision executive director Amos Mwale has told youths in Mufumbwe to desist from being used as tools of violence in the area as campaigns intensified.

The campaign period in Mufumbwe will be between October 11 and November 6.

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