By Enock Kademaunga
Youths of Substance Forum (YSF) has called on Zambia Police and the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to provide a non-biased platform for politicians to exercise the rights in the fourth coming general elections.
YSF National Coordinator Rudolf Mwanza said an infringement on these political rights would break the foundation of democracy and peace on which Zambia was built.
He urged politicians to exhibit professionalism by engaging in constructive politics, vigorous campaign against violence, character assassination and deceit.
“ECZ and the Police should provide an equal playing filed to all the political parties participating in the coming General Elections. This will allow the Zambian people to elect their candidates of choice.
“It is prudent that I appeal to all the members of political parties to refrain from any form of violent activities that are aimed at bringing division and instability if Zambia was to see notable development in all sectors of the country,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Mwanza expressed sadness that many youths were being used as tools of violence by selfish politicians each time there were campaigns.
He said young people would be cardinal voters in the fourth coming elections and so they must realize there potential and refuse to be human shields for politicians.
Mr Mwanza urged political parties to strongly consider appointing young people in various positions of governance.
He said YSF sought to ensure that the youths realize their potential in governance and political activities in the country especially during this year’s General Elections.
“Elections are the soul of any democracy and dictate the future of any country especially one that is dependent on youths for a prosperous future like Zambia.
“It is however sad to note that many youths are being used as tools of political violence each time they’re are campaigns, therefore am urging the Zambian youths to refrain from political violence and campaign peacefully. A united and peaceful country could easily attain national development,” he said.