By Mark Ziligone

Political parties have received with mixed feelings the directive from the Registrar of Societies to hold intra-party elections for vacant  positions within 60 days to fill up existing vacancies .

Citizens First Leader HARRY KALABA has threatened to take legal action against the registrar of societies over the directive.

Mr. KALABA has told ZNBC News in a telephone interview that it is the first time the registrar of societies is pushing political parties to hold conventions.

And the Patriotic Front -PF- has described as illegal the ultimatum by the Registrar of Societies.

Speaking at a press briefing in LUSAKA today, PF Chairperson for Information and Publicity EMMANUEL MWAMBA said the ultimatum has no legal basis.

Meanwhile Mr. MWAMBA says the PF will on October 21, hold the Central Committee Meeting that will among other salient issues chat a new date for the Extra ordinary party convention to elect a new party President.

He said the extraordinary convention was earlier scheduled for July 29.

Meanwhile PARTY for National Unity and Progress -PNUP- leader HIGHVIE HAMUDUDU said the directive by the registrar of societies does NOT apply to his party.

Mr. HAMUDUDU told ZNBC News that his party has NOT been affected because it does not have any vacancies and its constitution provides for a five year term which has not elapsed.

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