Lusaka – Thespokesperson of Zambia’s ruling Patriotic Front party, Mr Amos Chanda, says they welcome all international observers to the August 12 general election.
An estimated 7.1 million Zambians are registered to vote next week in a poll that has attracted 14 challengers to President Edgar Lungu.
Mr Chanda told the media Thursday that the Patriotic Front was confident of victory.
“We have created an environment for continuity of the Government based on how we have performed since assuming power, we have done infrastructure development, the economy is performing well and we have met various benchmarks to warrant our stay in power,” he said.
“We marshalled massive voter registration for our party members during the exercise ensure the retention of Dr Lungu in power and they responded accordingly, and that is why we are confident that we’ll scoop the elections next week.”
Mr Chanda allayed concerns from opposition political players that the deployment of the army and security personnel to quell election-related violence was detrimental to the holding of free, fair, peaceful and credible polls.
He said the “the decision was made in the interest of protecting human life”, adding that: “The President was within his powers the right to invoke the directive for defence and security personnel to beef up manpower and join the police in maintaining law and order, because he has a duty to protect human life.”
On fears that the ruling party would try to cling to power in the event of losing the poll, Mr Chanda said democracy would prevail.
Meanwhile, researchers at the Economic Intelligence Unit predict that President Lungu will win the elections.
“We expect the ruling party, the Patriotic Front (PF), led by the president, Edgar Lungu, to remain in power over the 2021-25 forecast period.” it says in its latest report. “Despite a turbulent time in power, we expect Mr Lungu and the PF to win tight presidential and legislative polls in 2021, even amid a debt crisis, as a global recovery and rising copper prices (the country’s principal export) allow Zambia to exit recession in 2021.”