Zambian leader reiterates desire to hold peaceful polls

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ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - JANUARY 17 : Zambian President Edgar Lungu attends a High Level Consultation Meeting with African leaders on DR Congo election at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, on January 17, 2019. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday reiterated his government’s commitment to ensure that elections slated for this year were held in a peaceful and transparent manner.

“The Zambian people have a proud record of holding peaceful elections since embracing multipartyism in 1990 and my government is committed to ensuring that the legacy which Zambia is renowned for is upheld,” the Zambian leader said when he held a virtual annual greeting of ambassadors accredited to the southern African nation.

The Zambian leader said the government would ensure that law and order prevail during the elections to enable people to freely choose their preferred leaders and called on all stakeholders to continue sensitizing people on the importance of preserving peace and stability.

The government, he said, will soon commence the process of sending out invitations for the deployment of regional and international electoral observation missions for the elections as the government considers election observers as partners in strengthening the country’s democracy.

Zambia’s commitment to democracy, good governance and the rule of law are unwavering, he added.

Zambia will hold general elections on August 12. Over 7 million voters are expected to vote following a voter registration exercise conducted by the country’s electoral body last year.

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