Elec­tions body halts cam­paign­ing over vi­o­lence

Daily Trust - - STRANGE STORIES -

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.

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