Zambia has formally extended invitations to various international stakeholders to deploy election observer missions to witness the August 12, general election.
Speaking when he received credentials from ambassadors of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Republic of Turkey, the Republic of Portugal and the Hellenic Republic, President Lungu said Government is committed to ensuring that the elections are held in a peaceful, free and fair manner.
“Zambia is preparing to go to the polls on August 12, this year. Our parliament will dissolve on May 12, and this will mark the start of the campaign period. I would like to assure your excellences, that my government is committed to ensuring that these elections are held in a peaceful, free and fair manner. To this end, my government, through the ministry of foreign affairs, has extended invitations to various international stakeholders to deploy election observer missions to witness this important process in the democratic path of our country,” he said.
And the Head of State has assured the diplomats that Zambia stands ready to continue collaborating their respective countries in ending global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and terrorism.
He said Government is therefore implementing the economic recovery programme, aimed at restoring growth and macroeconomic stability in response to the adverse climatic conditions and effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
“As you officially commence to function as representatives of your respective heads of State or Government, I would like to encourage you to strengthen the existing ties between our countries for the betterment of our peoples and humanity as a whole,” he said.
The ambassadors who presented their credential are Arthur Nogueira of Brazil, Moataz Anwar, of Egypt, Ms Ίstem Circiroğlu of Turkey, Mr Miguel Velozo of Portugal and Mr Loukas Karatsolis of Hellenic Republic.
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