Elections body halts campaigning over violence
Zambia’s electoral commission has suspended campaigning in two areas, including the capital Lusaka, due to escalating political violence before the Aug. 11 elections, it said late on Saturday.
Police in Lusaka on Friday shot dead one opposition supporter in a group that took to the streets, harassing motorists and attacking police after their political party was denied permission to hold a rally, police chief Kakoma Kanganja said in a statement.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) said it was suspending campaigns in Lusaka and Namwala south of the capital for 10 days until July 18 when the situation would be reviewed.
“During the suspension there shall be no public rallies, meetings, processions or door to door campaigns,” it said in a statement.
The ECZ said all vehicles carrying political party campaign messages in the two areas should be parked.
“Campaigns shall be restricted to electronic and print media publicity and hate speech will not be entertained,” it said.