UPND president Hakainde Hichilema led a team of top party officials for a meeting with the Electoral Commission of Zambia where he cited certain possible violations of the Electoral Code of Conduct.
Hichilema alleged that civil servants were already involved in the pre-campaign activities of the ruling party.
He also claimed that the UPND candidate Romeo Kang’ombe was being courted by the Patriotic Front prior to the ruling party naming their candidate.
“It is clear that the ECZ is not taking matters relating to elections management seriously. Our candidate was being enticed to stand on the PF ticket,” Hichilema said.
“We have reminded them of the involvement of civil servants. There are a lot of District Commissioners as was the case in the Mangango by-elections and even a Permanent Secretary from State House. We have seen a lot of civil servants getting involved in Sesheke.”
Hichilema said that the issue of political violence had been raised with the ECZ.
He said that if elections were not properly managed they could lead to civil strife.
“We cannot continue having elections as though there is nothing wrong. Elections must be managed properly because they can bring civil strife. You have seen what is happening in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” he said.
The UPND delegation included vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba,Secretary General Stephen Katuka, National Chairman Mutale Nalumango, spokesperson Charles Kakoma, Deputy Secretary General Patrick Mucheleka, Deputy Elections Chairman Michael Nyambe and other NMC members.
The ECZ team was led by the deputy Chairperson Ali Simwinga and other senior management officials.
Nominations for the Sesheke by-election will be held on January.