By Sharon Kunda
The Electoral Commission of Zambia -ECZ- has expressed concern with the violence witnessed especially in Lusaka and some selected parts of the country.
ECZ Corporate Affairs Manager Patricia Luhanga says the vice if left to escalate will undermine the credibility of the elections and the stability and peace of the country.
Luhanga notes that the perpetrators of violence are mainly from the two dominant parties.
She has reminded the two political parties that the Code of Conduct which their leaders swore oath to applies to this period of campaigns and must be adhered to without exception.
Luhanga states that the ECZ will not hesitate to invoke the Electoral Process Act and suspend indefinitely all manner of physical campaigns for the two political parties should the violent acts continue.
She has further reminded all political players that violence undermines the credibility of an election and has made a call to the leadership to prevail over their supporters.
Luhanga has further called on the Police to swiftly arrest and present for prosecution all those that will be found in breach of the code of conduct.
She has also called on the Police to perform their duties in an impartial and professional manner.
Luhanga has stated that the ECZ will not allow the country to degenerate into lawlessness during this period in the name of electoral activities.
This is contained in a statement released to ZNBC News in Lusaka on Friday.