President Edgar Lungu says his Government is committed to delivering free, fair and transparent elections.
President Lungu says the country’s commitment to democracy, good governance and the rule of law is unwavering.
He says it is on the basis, of these principles that the country will be assessed when it goes to the polls on August 12, 2021.
President Lungu said this during a virtual annual greeting of the diplomatic corps in Lusaka today.
He said the European Union -EU- delegation to Zambia and COMESA deployed an explanatory mission to Zambia from 14th to 24th March 2021 to assess the country’s political environment and election framework ahead of the elections.
The Head of State has noted that the mission held fruitful discussions with various stakeholders who manage the electoral process in the country.
President Lungu said Government will soon commence the process of sending out invitations for the deployment of regional and international electoral observation missions to Zambia to observe the 2021 general election.
He said Government considers local, regional and international election observers as partners in strengthening Zambia’s democracy.
President Lungu said the Zambian people have a proud record of holding peaceful elections since the introduction of multiparty politics in 1990 and that his Government is committed to ensuring this legacy is upheld.
Among the other issues that the Head of State addressed include the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and economic affairs.
And Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Warren Gunda, who is also High Commissioner of Malawi to Zambia, said electoral violence must be condemned.
Mr. Gunda expressed confidence that the Electoral Commission of Zambia -ECZ- is capable of delivering free and fair elections.
He urged Zambians to maintain peace before and after elections as the country is known to be a beacon of peace.