PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has declared this year’s general election as not free and fair.
In a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President Isaac Chipampe, President Lungu said party, the Patriotic Front (PF) is consulting on the next course of action concerning the election.
President Lungu who is also the PF presidential candidate said the general election in three provinces, namely, Southern province, North Western and Western province were characterised by violence, rendering the whole exercise a nullity.
He said PF polling agents were brutalised and chased from polling station, a situation that left the ruling party’s votes unprotected.
The President further described the killing of PF Northwestern province chairman Jackson Kungo, during voting and Samuel Chihili, shortly before voting as criminal acts that rendered the general election not free and fair.
“Right now, some of our agents and supporters are hiding because of these criminal acts. How can the elections be fair when people have been murdered and many others are hiding after being brutalised. Is that democracy, we have written to the ECZ but they have continued announcing the result,” he said.
He said the polling agents having been attacked and chased from the polling stations.
The President said PF was reduced to compete in seven provinces while its opponent was contesting in 10 provinces