Opposition ploy over PVT exposed
The New Generation
Party (NGP) and some civil society organisations have exposed a ploy in which
institutions advocating parallel vote tabulation (PVT) have been holding ‘dark
corner’ meetings with a named opposition political party leader to scheme the
removal of the MMD government.
NGP president Humphrey Siulapwa disclosed
in Lusaka on March 27 that he has information that the non-governmental
organisations (NGOs) advocating PVT have been meeting opposition political
leaders to plan the removal of President Banda and the MMD, at all
“We are aware that some anti-government NGOs are scheming to cause
anarchy in the country,” Mr Siulapwa said.
He was speaking at the launch
of the NGP secretariat situated on Katopola Road in Rhodespark.
Siulapwa also said he has information that the British Government and other
donors are supporting the PVT.
He urged the Zambia Police to be alert and
deal with people who intend to cause anarchy.
And Forum for Leadership
Search (FLS) executive director Edwin Lifwekelo said his organisation has
minutes of some of the meetings being held by the NGOs, opposition political
party leaders and some donors.
Mr Lifwekelo said the announcement by
Caritas Zambia that it will have 10,000 election monitors also confirms reports
that some donors have pledged US$2 million for some churches ‘to spread hate
messages against the MMD government.’
He said there is also information
that some of the hate messages will be communicated through pastoral
Mr Lifwekelo said PVT is a recipe for political anarchy because
the credibility of the institutions that want to undertake it is in
“Anti-Voter Apathy is on record saying the MMD will rig this
year’s elections. With such statements, how will people have confidence in the
NGO which has clearly taken a position. The Foundation for Democratic Process
was credible when it conducted this exercise in 2008,” he said.
Lifwekelo urged Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata to desist from
advocating PVT because he is an interested party.
“It is clear from the
way Mr Sata is speaking that he is the one instigating these institutions to
declare him a winner. Mr Sata doesn’t need institutions to carry out PVT, he
must rely on his polling agents,” he said.
Mr Lifwekelo has also urged
Government to scrutinise the constitutions and mission statements of NGOs and
establish whether they have the authority to monitor elections.
appears that some NGOs have just jumped on the bandwagon. Even those whose role
is to deal with poverty reduction or children’s issues want to monitor
elections,” he said.
And Committee of Citizens executive director Gregory
Chifire said his organisation is also aware that PVT advocates want to instal Mr
Sata as republican President.
“Mr Sata has used all legal means to ascend
to Presidency but failed. Now, he wants to cheat his way to state house using
PVT,” he said.
Mr Chifire said his organisation is not against PVT but
the problem is that the advocates want to collect, collate and announce election
results, and declare Mr Sata the winner.
“They even tried this as a pilot
project in Mporokoso and used QFM to announce results,” he said.
Chifire said he is aware that PVT advocates have been holding meetings with some
opposition leaders and some donors at a law firm on Bwinjimfumu road in
He said no single law backs the conduct of PVT but that there are
laws that deter organisations which want to take over the role of the Electoral
Commission of Zambia.