The first formal moves in Zambia's upcoming general election began on Saturday (November 12th, 1973), when candidates throughout the country began filing their nominations.
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GV Kaunda arrives, greeted by officials
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Background: The first formal moves in Zambia's upcoming general election began on Saturday (November 12th, 1973), when candidates throughout the country began filing their nominations.
First to file was the country's president Doctor Kenneth Kaunda, who is standing unopposed. Three-hundred-and-twenty-five parliamentary candidates have also began entering their names on ballot sheets.
The election, scheduled for December 5th, is Zambia's first since President Kaunda declared a one-party state, and introduced a new constitution last August.
Under the constitution the second since Zambia's independence - only the ruling United National Independence Party is permitted to contest elections.
As campaigning got under way one of the first issues to be raised was national unity. Senior government ministers began warning party members who supported tribal factions that they should resign or otherwise face expulsion.
SYNOPSIS: Zambia's second election campaign since national independence got into high gear on Saturday as crowds gathered outside the High Court in Lusaka to watch officials arrive for the filing of nominations. The election is scheduled for the fifth of December.
Popular support for President Kaunda, who's the only presidential candidate, was evident. There was little sign of any opposition.
Under the country's latest constitution, proclaimed by President Kaunda last August, only members of the ruling United National Independence Party are eligible for election. Candidates must also submit to screening by a special committee before their nomination is approved.
As campaigning began, one of the first issues raised was national unity. Senior government ministers began warning party members who support tribal factions to resign from the party or face expulsion.