The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has called on all political players participating in the Chilanga Parliamentary by-election slated for June 5, 2018 to conduct peaceful campaigns.
CCZ General Secretary, Emmanuel Chikoya has reminded political players that winning an election is not a desperate task or winning by any means necessary.
Fr. Chikoya stated that winning an election is not about slander campaigning, character assassination or inciting one group against another to score cheap political points.
He further said winning an election is not about using hate speech or offensive language but a contest of ideas, fighting for winning majority votes, selling of practicable policies and programs for improving the lives of the electorate.
The CCZ General Secretary observed that a free, fair and peaceful election is not hinged on just one political party alone working to ensure peace but on all political parties participating in an election.
He said all stakeholders in the Chilanga Parliamentary By-Election should have one goal of working hard to ensure a peaceful process during campaigns, on the day of voting and after the election.
Fr. Chikoya has reminded all participants in the by-election that the environment will be competitive but should remain peaceful and non-violent adding that the nation should remain united.
He added that all political players should have zero tolerance for violence within and outside their ranks stating that they should not only talk about peace but live in peace with themselves, their members and other political stakeholders.