- He said the Green Party believe in democracy, the reason why a national conference would be held where members will be given an opportunity to elect national leaders.
THE Green Party will hold its national convention alongside presidential nominations in May this year, its leader, Peter Sinkamba, has announced.
Mr Sinkamba has also urged the Electoral Commission of Zambia to give guidance on whether the presidential nominations will be done virtually or physically, bearing in mind the numbers involved in carrying out the exercise amidst Covid-19 guidelines.
He said the Green Party believe in democracy, the reason why a national conference would be held where members will be given an opportunity to elect national leaders.
Mr. Sinkamba said rather than going for a national convention only to choose the national leadership now, the party would do this, side by side with the presidential nominations.
“What we don’t know is whether the presidential nominations will be done physically or virtually, that’s why we need ECZ to guide in advance. But what we have decided as a party is to kill two birds with one stone,” he said.
He said because of the surging cases of Covid-19, the party would await guidance on how the exercise would be conducted because 1, 000 supporters from 10 provinces was too huge a number to gather and support the candidature of a party president.
Mr Sinkamba said his party was ready to hold the national convention during the time for nominations irrespective of the way and in which order it would be done.
He said the Greens, through various social media platforms, were working day and night to woo voters in the forthcoming general elections. Mr Sinkamba said the Green Party and PF were the only organisation that have workable and reliable manifestos whose ideologies can transform the economic fortunes of the country
“The Green Party is ready for the August elections and we are the next party to form government after PF and this could be in September this year or in 2026,” Mr Sinkamba said.