Don’t in­tim­i­date ECZ, HH told

Daily Nation Newspaper - - Front Page - By SILUMESI MALUMO

UPND should de­sist from in­tim­i­dat­ing the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of Zam­bia (ECZ) as such ac­tions have the po­ten­tial to jeop­ar­dise its po­ten­tial to de­liver on its man­date, po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Alex Ng’oma has said.

Dr Ng’oma said in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day that even when it was im­por­tant for op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties to give checks and bal­ances to ECZ, it was un­ac­cept­able to in­tim­i­date the in­sti­tu­tion.

He said that un­nec­es­sary at­tacks on ECZ should be strongly con­demned so that of­fi­cers were not de­mor­al­ized.

Dr Ngoma, who is a po­lit­i­cal sci­ence lec­turer at the Univer­sity of Zam­bia, was re­act­ing to UPND pres­i­dent, Hakainde Hichilema’s ac­cu­sa­tions that the com­mis­sion was a pup­pet of the rul­ing Pa­tri­otic Front.

He chal­lenged the UPND leader to pro­duce ev­i­dence to prove the al­le­ga­tions.

Dr Ng’oma re­it­er­ated that the op­po­si­tion must stop dic­tat­ing to ECZ with­out rea­son­able cause on how it should ex­e­cute its man­date.

He said it was ir­re­spon­si­ble for peo­ple to de­grade an in­de­pen­dent in­sti­tu­tion which was ex­e­cut­ing its du­ties dili­gently.

“It was in­cum­bent upon those who visit the in­sti­tu­tion not to in­tim­i­date or dic­tate in­struc­tions. It is im­por­tant that who­ever has a com­plaint go there with a sober mind.

It is also pru­dent that they go there with sub­stan­tial ev­i­dence to show the com­mis­sion that this is what we have which is hap­pen­ing on the ground when­ever there are elec­tions,” Dr Ng’oma said.

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