US Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden smiles as he speaks during a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Delaware on July 28, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

SIX of Zambia’s cooperating partners have urged government to ensure a free, fair electoral process.

In a joint statement on the upcoming August 12 general election, the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom say they expect all Zambians to follow the Constitution.

“As the election campaign begins, we encourage an electoral process that is free, fair, and absent of violence. All parties and candidates should be afforded equal rights and protections. The Zambian people have the right to express their will through freely cast ballots,” reads the statement in part. “As fellow members of the global community of democracies, we stand side-by-side with the Zambian people and look forward to this right being honoured, and to an election process that further strengthens and consolidates Zambia’s parliamentary democracy.”

They welcomed the government’s commitment to hold democratic elections.

The diplomats looked to every Zambian to commit to the principles of democracy.
“As Friends of Zambian Democracy, we welcome the Zambian government’s stated commitment to holding democratic and credible elections on August 12, 2021. Specifically, we welcome assurances that the elections will be conducted in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia and in line with international standards, such as the Southern African Development Community Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections,” said the diplomats. “We look to all Zambians to commit themselves to the principles of democracy, good governance, rule of law, and the respect for human rights, as enshrined in the Zambian constitution. This is the basis for upholding Zambia’s longstanding ethos of ‘One Zambia One Nation’.”

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Which constitution are they talking about? Is the constitution not being raped already by the same people who swore to protect it? When you have an institution that is not very far from conmenlaw.org, what do you expect?

  2. So for sure there will b violence during campaigns, during and after the elections no doubt bcos its thru violence that pf hope of winning. But after all this that the corporating partners hv said it all ends there, they do nothing and in the end they will say the elections are free and fair despite the violence by pf. Corporating partners do too much too little to the level of I dont care type, to the level of being irrelevant to the electoral process. So this coming election whoever wants pf to lose power must know that participating in casting the vote is only 20% of what you need to do, the biggest job or 80% you have to protect the vote, and to protect the vote you must b ready for physical fight standing up to pf thugs, pf militias, pf returning officers and to Shindano and to that other criminal old fellow returning officer who deliberately anounces wrong results to favour pf. Also 80% of protecting the vote must b real fighting, beating up whoever aids in election rigging, killing if necessary such criminals giving them no chance to steal the vote. Anything short of doing so forget about winning the elections, we will win as opposition but pf will b declared winner. Oh gosh, someone’s intestines will lie spread in the streets this august for we do not going to allow mischief from those doing nothing for the pipo but hope to win elections dubiously. The pf system if at all will manage to pull thru the elections delivering victory to criminals they shud b made to realize the heat, they will b bruised, in the end they will realize that the gains are less than the losses. One hard purpose of this election is to make pf realize that pipo are bigger than a government of criminals.

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