Police in Ndola stopped the UPND from proceeding with their district elections despite granting approval earlier because the number of delegates was over 100, more than what the Ministry of Health COVID-19 guidelines stipulate.
Police, consequently, deployed to the UPND Ndola District office to ensure the elections did not go ahead as they risked abrogating the COVID-19 guidelines to prevent further spread of the virus. Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga said the UPND had also applied to have elections in selected districts.
“They were informed to say they cannot go ahead, so us we are just doing our job. They applied in various districts on the Copperbelt where they wanted to hold elections and they were informed on Friday. So there is no need for them to go ahead without proper guidelines,” Ms Katanga said.
She said the police discovered that there were more than 100 delegates, hence the decision to stop the meeting.
“The police went there to go and check as communicated yesterday, they gathered and were over 100 which is against the Ministry of Health guildlines,” Ms. Katanga said.
However, Ndola District UPND spokesperson David Zimba alleged that the decision of the police is illegal and accused them of favouring the ruling PF.
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