Five political parties have successfully filed their nomination for the June 24 Feira parliamentary by-election.
The usually quiet constituency was besieged by political activity that saw the five political parties including the Patriotic Front (PF), Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), United Party for National Development (UPND), National Restoration Party (NAREP), and the United National Independence Party (UNIP) confirm their participation in the election.
With the largest campaign budget and the full weight of the administration behind him, the PF candidate Patrick Ngoma, who defected from the MMD, is likely to be regarded as a frontrunner. In response, the MMD is fielding Elias Phiri with the UPND going for Eularia Zulu.
UNIP has staked Charles Kanyama, while NAREP is having Samuel Sikaonga for a candidate.
The Feira seat fell vacant after former MMD member Ngoma crossed over to the PF, where many before him that have defected having been offered deputy ministerial jobs.