Zambia Police Service’s Senior Assistant commissioner Auxensio Daka, says the ferrying of cadres from outside town during election campaigns is responsible for the escalation of violence witnessed in some by elections.
Mr. Daka says political parties should stop taking cadres from other towns to foment trouble in areas where elections campaigns are taking place.
He said the police should not be blamed for the violence as this issue needs to be addressed by political parties themselves.
Mr Daka said this in Livingstone today when he presented a paper on experiences and lessons by the Zambia police service in the enforcement of the electoral code of conduct at the ongoing four days workshop at Fairmount Hotel.
The workshop organized by ECZ and sponsored by the United Nations Development Programmes has been convened to review the Electoral Code of Conduct. The participants include political parties, the media, civil society, the police and other interest groups.
Mr Daka admitted that the police service has limited expertise among police officers in election related investigations and prosecution.
He said there is also limited understanding among police officers of their role in elections, a thing he said was being addressed by the police together with the Electoral Commission of Zambia through sensitization programmes.