PEP SAYS K150, 000 PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION FEE IS TOO LOW

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patriots for economic  progress says the k150,000 presidential  nomination fee announced by the electoral commission of Zambia  is too low adding that the price should be adjusted upwards to k1,000,000.

In a statement availed to smooth news, pep president Sean Tembo says a political party that wishes to preside over the affairs of the country need to have a decent financial standing hence a party should be able to raise k1000,000 for its presidential candidate.

Mr Tembo says there is a risk that if ECZ adopts a very low presidential nomination fee there will be a lot of candidates who will stand during the elections who do not have tangible electorates support there by causing confusion among the electorates.

He has however called on the electoral commission of Zambia to reduce the mayoral and councilor nomination fees considering the fact that most parliamentary and local government candidates pay for their nomination fees from their pockets as they are not sponsored by their political parties.

Mr Tembo says ECZ should maintain the nomination price for the parliamentary candidates as it was in 2016 adding that the economic standing of the country has been affected by the covid19 which might lead to people not being able to raise the money required to participate as parliamentary and local government candidates in the forth coming elections.

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