The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has called on the media to give equal and fair coverage to all participating political parties in the forth coming Kabwata Parliamentary by- election.
Speaking at a Media Indaba, ECZ Acting Chief Executive Officer Royd Katongo said, it is important for the media to give political parties equal and fair coverage especially in the woke of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Katongo said the commission has suspended rallies, road shows and door to door campaigns because they are super spreaders of the Covid-19 as guided by the Ministry of Health.
“It is without doubt that in this era of Covid-19, the role of the media has become even more critical due to the suspension of rallies and road shows,” he said.
Mr Katongo noted that the Commission considers the media as key stakeholders in the electoral process, and in particular in the Kabwata by-election.
He added that the Commission to adhere to the provisions of the electoral code of conduct, as it will contribute in ensuring credibility of the electoral process.
“We urge the media to uphold professionalism, ethical reporting and provide equal and fair coverage to all participanting political parties and their candidates,” Mr Katongo said.
And giving an update on the preparedness of the commission to hold the Kabwata by-elections, ECZ Senior Electoral Officer, Anna Mulenga Nkaka explained that the training of poll stuff will be conducted on 16 -17 of January 2022.
Ms Nkaka added that the Commission will then deploy the poll staff on the 18th to 19th of January 2022.
She further said ECZ will provide Covid-19 preventive logistics.
The Kabwata Parliamentary by-elections was necessitated by the death of United Party for National Development (UPND) Member of parliament, Levy Mkandawire.
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