DAILY MAVERICK EXPOSES ZAMBIA’S ELECTION FIX

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By: Bright Chikele. .
Earlier this month, a Zambian news outlet released what it claimed was the ruling party’s top-secret strategy to steal the presidential election scheduled for August this year.
While the document itself has yet to be verified, there is no doubt that the strategy is already being implemented, almost to the letter.
The fix appears to be in. Zambia has long been one of Africa’s proudest and most accomplished democracies: a nation where elections are frequent, campaigns are peaceful, and leaders accept defeat.
Ahead of what is anticipated to be one of the closest elections in recent memory, Zambia’s ruling Patriotic Front appears to be doing everything in its considerable power to guarantee victory for its candidate, President Edgar Lungu.
It is not playing fair. Earlier in June, in an exclusive online newspaper, Open Zambia leaked the details of “Operation 777”.
This was, the paper claimed, the Patriotic Front’s top-secret document which outlined the nuts and bolts of its strategy to intimidate opposition, silence free media and rig the results of the 11 August poll. The document was extraordinarily detailed, even providing mobile numbers for individuals tasked with implementing each section.
Among other actions, it outlined how the Patriotic Front planned to:
• Remove opposition observers from polling stations;
• Manipulate the printing of ballot papers;
• Eliminate critical coverage by The Post, the last critical mass-market publication; give Zambian passports to foreign nationals;
• Restrict the opposition party’s use of airspace; and
• Purchase votes in a “well co-ordinated manner”.
It’s difficult to verify the authenticity or otherwise of this document. But the document itself doesn’t really matter. What matters is that the strategy is being implemented, almost to the letter, suggesting that the winner of August’s election is intended to be a foregone conclusion.

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