The ALN Secretariat will visit Lusaka, Zambia, from 30 May – 6 June 2016 in solidarity with the Network’s member party, the United Party For National Development (UPND). The party will contest Zambia’s tripartite elections on 11 August 2016.
The UPND is the Zambian liberal opposition party, holding 28 seats in the country’s National Assembly and over 250 local government seats. The presidential race is set to be exceptionally close, with UPND’s candidate and leader, Hakainde Hichilema, narrowly missing out by 1% (just over 27,000 votes) in the 2015 presidential by-election. The party aims to strengthen its support and mobilisation ahead of the upcoming elections to increase its votes across constituencies, local councils, and to win the presidential race.
The ALN Secretariat will meet with high-level UPND officials in Lusaka in a show of support for the party and as a prelude to possible future collaboration and support. The opportunity will also be used to meet with young leaders of the UPND, sharing the work of the ALN and encouraging participation in the Network’s Advisory Youth Council.
For more information on the UPND and the Zambia 2016 Elections, see the party’s website
The UPND Manifesto can be viewed and downloaded here