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 2011-03-28 06:30 pm Back to NEWS
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 costs.

“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.

Mr 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 letters.

Mr Lifwekelo said PVT is a recipe for political anarchy because the credibility of the institutions that want to undertake it is in question.

“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.

And Mr 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.

“It 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.

Mr 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 Lusaka.

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.



 
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