Zambia reports news website published an article stating that Mandevu constituency Independent candidate Mr Nicholas Chabala has withdrawn from the parliamentary election race. In a signed letter dated 21st July, 2021 to the Electoral Commission of Zambia, Mr Chabala said he decided to withdraw from the parliamentary elections scheduled for August 12, 2021. because he could no longer participate in an election where the playing field is so uneven that it favors a few candidates who are able to campaign freely and safely. He claimed that from the time he lodged his nomination on July 12, 2021, he had received threats targeting his life and his close associates. He stated that the unprecedented levels of electoral violence in the Constituency also contributed to his decision to withdraw from the race. He stated regret in the inconvenience the step would bring to the commission, supporters and the other stakeholders. However, according to him, he had no other option but to stand down.