PF CE Davies Mwila had asked ECZ to halt the by-election after violence allegedly perpetrated by the opposition UPND erupted.
Monze is the UPND’s stronghold and its candidate in the Tuesday by election is almost guaranteed to win.
BELOW IS STATEMENT
PRESS RELEASE: MONZE ELECTORAL VIOLENCE
The Commission received complaints from stakeholders on incidents of electoral violence in Mwanza East Ward of Monze District.
The Commission has since made its assessment of the situation in the affected Ward in conjunction with the Zambia Police and the District Electoral Officer. Its findings are that the environment is now calm and in addition, security has been beefed up.
Further, the District Conflict Management Committee in Monze engaged with stakeholders on 18th April, 2018 and recommended that the by-election in Mwanza East Ward should proceed as scheduled.
Accordingly, the Commission has resolved that the by-election in Mwanza East Ward should proceed on the 24th of April, 2018.
Public Relations Manager
ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA