Lusaka ~ Wed, 12 May 2021
By Brightwell Chabusha
New Congress Party president Peter Chanda has withdrawn from the 2021 race and has instead vowed to support PF Presidential candidate Edgar Lungu.
He said at a media briefing today that his party decided to withdraw from the race due to some circumstances.
He said despite paying the nomination fee amounting to K95,000, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) instructed the party to use another symbol because what it has is being used by another political party.
Chanda said time is not with the party, therefore, it is not possible for them to change the symbol.
He also indicated that the pronouncement by the ECZ advising the political parties to avoid crowds during campaigns ahead of August 12 general elections is another disadvantage to the party.
“As a party which is just contesting for the first time we are supposed to sell ourselves to the public by engaging the people. So what the ECZ has done will not be good to our party,” Mr Chanda said
He however said despite this setback, the party will rally behind the winning team under the leadership President Dr Edgar Lungu.
Mr Chanda said he will massively campaign for President Lungu in order for him to win the forthcoming general elections.
His party will, however, field candidates in some wards and Constituencies.