Mr Bwalya said there are no negative consequences that would affect the PF campaign as the party is working with aspirants from the MMD in Muchinga constituency and the Independent in Lundazi who will both campaign for PF presidential candidate Edgar Lungu.
“A number of media houses have called us to make a comment about the consequences of the development that two of our members namely Dr Ngosa Simbyakula who is our national Chairperson and Dr John Phiri who did not file their nomination papers yesterday. Our position is that there are negative consequences that would be to the level of affecting our campaign.
“What Zambians know is that we are working with MMD. In case of Muchinga constituency Mr Howard Kunda is campaigning for President Lungu because the MMD led by their new leader Mr Felix Mutati is not standing. In Lundazi we have a PF member Bezwayo Nkunika who has stood as an Independent and will campaign for our presidential candidate,” he said.
Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula and John Phiri yesterday failed to file in their nominations after arriving at their respective nomination centers late.
Patriotic Front [PF] aspiring candidate for Lundazi Central Constituency in Lundazi District, John Phiri yesterday failed to file in his nomination papers for Lundazi Central Constituency after he allegedly arrived one hour after the nomination centre was closed.
District Electoral Officer [DEO], Boyd Kaoma said that all political parties were given a timetable in which to file in their nomination papers.
Mr Kaoma said the PF party was scheduled to file in between 13.00hrs to 14.00hrs but Dr Phiri arrived at the centre at 16.50hrs after the centre was closed.
He said according to the Electoral Commission of Zambia [ECZ], during nomination days political parties were given time table in which they were supposed to follow strictly but the PF failed to abide by the time table.
Mr Kaoma, who is also Lundazi Council Secretary, disclosed that he telephoned PF District Chairperson, Emmanuel Mulenga, one hour before the PF aspiring candidate’s time to file in his nomination papers to remind him.
And in a related development, PF aspiring candidate for Mukomba Ward in Lundazi Central Constituency, Stephen Banda, also failed to file in his nomination papers for arriving late and he had no other legal documents.
Meanwhile, efforts to get comments from either Dr Phiri, who is General Education Minister or Lundazi District Patriotic PF chairperson Emmanuel Mulenga failed by press time.
Four aspiring candidates for Lundazi Central Constituency who successfully filed in their nominations papers, were Frankston Banda on UPND ticket, Bizwayo Nkunika on independent ticket, Lawrence Nyirenda on independent ticket and Evans Ngoma on independent ticket.