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6 political parties spend more than K10 million on Presidential billboards – TIZ

• PF accounts for at least K6.05 million,
• Socialist party at K2.26 million.
• UPND at K1.31 million.

Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) has disclosed that six political parties have spent a minimum of K10.366 million expenditure for the month of June, on presidential candidate billboards across the country.

TIZ Executive Director Maurice Nyambe said of the K10.366 Million, the Patriotic Front (PF) accounted for at least K6.05 million, followed by the Socialist party at K2.26 million and the United Party for National Development (UPND) at K1.31 million.

Mr. Nyambe however noted the least spending on presidential billboard advertising for the month of June was by National Restoration Party (NAREP) at K60, 000.

He said TI-Z’s monitoring of campaign expenditure will continue as the country head towards the 2021 General Elections.

“As we have noted, it is our hope that these findings will give citizens and interested stakeholders an idea of how much political parties are spending to try and win votes ahead of the 12th August elections,” Mr. Nyambe noted.

Mr. Nyambe further pointed out that in terms of the distribution of presidential candidate billboards by political party in the 12 districts,

“Our analysis revealed that for the month of June, the PF accounted for the majority of billboards at 58%, followed by the Socialist party with 18% and the UPND with 14%,” he revealed.

TIZ Executive Director said the DP, NAREP and PAC collectively accounted for less than 10% of all presidential candidate billboards in the 12 districts for the month of June.

He added that TIZ’s monitoring of presidential candidate billboards for the month of June in 12 districts across all 10 provinces revealed that Lusaka has the majority of billboards in Zambia.

“Out of a minimum of 674 presidential candidate billboards found in the 12 towns, Lusaka accounted for 79.5% or 536 billboards in total, with Ndola second on that list with 38 billboards or 5.6% of the 674 found in the 12 districts. Other notable districts were Chipata with 25 billboards, Choma and Kitwe with 10 each, Solwezi with 17, Mongu with 9, and Kabwe with 16. Our findings also revealed that Chinsali did not have a single presidential candidate billboard in the month of June,” he disclosed.

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