Zambians vote in their presidential elections this December (12 December 1978). Their ballots will be?
Zambians vote in their presidential elections this December (12 December 1978). Their ballots will be very simple, with a choice of a 'yes' or a 'no' vote for giving President Kenneth Kaunda a fourth term in office.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Kaunda filed his nomination paper at the Lusaka High Court on Monday (13 November) amid indications that he remains popular. Observers say his standing is bound up with his ability to cope with Zambia's economic problems and some of his critics have concentrated on this issue.
Part of the formalities involved handling over a deposit. Some observers are pessimistic about Zambia's economic future, and Dr Kaunda's supporters welcomed a recent move to improve it. He ended the blockade against Rhodesia by re-opening the southern rail route. But he continues his strong stand against racism.
Dr. Kaunda has been advising crowd on how to counter the presence of agents which he says have been dropped into Zambia by Rhodesia to create confusion among the people. His political opponents within Zambia have claimed that the President has resorted to the politics of expediency, and they are encouraging a 'no' vote or abstention in next month's poll.