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UPND DEMANDS LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

By SANFROSSA MANYINDA

THE United Party for National Development (UPND) has called for a level playing field in the 2021 general elections.

UPND Copperbelt spokesperson, Lawrence Mwanza, said the party would not accept any calculated manouvers to stop opposition political parties from holding rallies.

He also called on the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to prevail over the ruling party to stop interfering in the Electoral process.

Mr Mwanza said there was no law which prevented any political party from holding political meetings or gatherings.

“We are concerned with the unwarranted pronouncements being made by President Edgar Lungu regarding the holding of campaign rallies by political parties in readiness for the August 12 polls.

“We demand for a level playing field so that all participating political parties can be given an opportunity to explain to the voters what they intend to do once voted into government,” he said.

Mr Mwanza said it was important for the PF Government to realise that Zambia was a democratic State where freedom of assembly had been guaranteed in the constitution.

He said the pronouncement was not made in good faith but to disadvantage the opposition political parties from campaigning freely.

Mr Mwanza alleged that the pronouncement was further meant to influence the police to be stopping political parties from holding rallies which he said was a departure from the principles of democracy.

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