……………calls on politicians to engage in peaceful elections ahead of the August 12 polls
Three church mother bodies have commended President Edgar Lungu for guarantying law and order before, during and after elections.
The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) and the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) said the call for peaceful elections that the Head of State desires needs commitment from the government and all stakeholders to take concrete steps and actions that are necessary to restore confidence in the electoral processes and rule of law.
“At least this shows that he acknowledges there is a problem on this matter. We await to see the concrete measures the President will take to ensure that this is achieved,” read the statement.
The Church however called on the general public to take every step possible to promote peace before, during and after this year’s general elections.
In a joint statement signed by CCZ president Bishop Sauros Phaika, EFZ Chairperson Bishop Paul Mususu and ZCCB president Bishop George Lungu, the Church has stressed the need for politicians to engage in peaceful elections ahead of the polls.
The Church said decisive action against any person engaging in electoral related violence must be reported to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for appropriate electoral sanctions and to the police for criminal charges.
It also praised ECZ for releasing the provisional register adding that the register gives an indication of the number of voters that have been captured.
The church also called on the general public to seek God’s presence as the country is grappling with the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
It also called on all stakeholders to religiously abide by the public health regulations in order to safeguard the lives of the people as the country heads to the polls.
The church said that it remains committed to engaging with the Head of State, relevant government ministries and institutions, leaders of political parties, ECZ, Zambia Police, the Media, traditional leaders, other faith leaders and CSOs in a meaningful dialogue that will yield results, so that they guarantee for the people, free, fair, credible and peaceful elections.