Parliamentary candidates in Neno North on Tuesday signed a Social Agreement Contract with communities to fulfil their manifestos and exercise transparency and accountability in managing development funds.
The signing, which took place during the first debate in the district, was facilitated by National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust officials in the presence of the district commissioner, chiefs, area development committee leaders and scores of people who attended the debate.
Neno Nice Trust district civic education officer Walasi Kudzala said the debates seek to offer the electorate an opportunity and assess their candidates for them to make informed choices.
“What we are doing as Nice is creating a platform for the candidates to outline and sell their manifesto. This helps to shift the election campaign from personality attacks, name calling to an issue-based campaign one,” he said.
Group village head Chidakwani, who represented Traditional Authority Chekucheku, advised the candidates to conduct a peaceful campaign.
Nine candidates took part in the debate, but the area’s former legislator Emmanuel Lonzo (Democratic Progressive Party-DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate Clement Mollande did not turn up.
During the debate, the candidates focused on addressing water challenges, poor road infrastructure, bridges, inadequate education facilities and environmental degradation.