Dipak Patel says UPND has confidence in ECZ but Not PF Govt

Filed under: Statements |

12 January 2015

I wish to appeal to our supporters to remain calm and committed to raising any concerns or grievances regarding the election process through the correct and official channels.

The ECZ has our full support and we will continue to work with them to address any such concerns in the appropriate manner. Queries and requests for verification during the election process are natural and legitimate, but these must be raised in a manner that does not cause undue disruption or have the capacity to unsettle.

The ECZ is doing a commendable job. I wish to make it clear that it is not their actions that have aroused mistrust and suspicion. Rather it is a result of the fact that the Zambian people have too often had the truth hidden from them. The fact that the PF candidate regularly sneaks out of the country to undisclosed locations during the campaign period has been one such source of concern.

During the campaign we have not only been overwhelmed and humbled by the support for our candidate across the country, but also the conviction and energy with which our supporters are actively campaigning and calling for change. As we head in to the final days of the campaign we wish to remind and reinforce to our supporters that our campaign must at all times be a peaceful campaign, that violent acts will always be condemned in the strongest terms by our leadership, and that the way to overcome the violence against us is through the ballot box.

Dipak Patel

UPND Campaign Manager