Po­lit­i­cal par­ties pledge peace­ful cam­paign­ing

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Five Zam­bian po­lit­i­cal par­ties in­clud­ing the rul­ing Pa­tri­otic Front have signed new pledges com­mit­ting them­selves to en­sur­ing that sup­port­ers de­sist from vi­o­lence ahead of the Au­gust 11 gen­eral elec­tion.

The par­ties re­newed their pledges af­ter a meet­ing Fri­day in the cap­i­tal, Lusaka, with of­fi­cials of the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of Zam­bia and church groups.

The other sig­na­to­ries were the United Na­tional In­de­pen­dence Party, the Peo­ple’s Al­liance for Change, the Fo­rum for Democ­racy and De­vel­op­ment, and the Demo­cratic Al­liance.

The elec­toral com­mis­sion sought to meet with all stake­hold­ers as part of an ef­fort to curb es­ca­lat­ing vi­o­lence, which prompted a sus­pen­sion of cam­paign­ing for 10 days in the Namwala and Lusaka districts. The com­mis­sion plans to lift the sus­pen­sion Mon­day.

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