Local elections in Zambia have been postponed because the government cannot afford to hold them.
Democracy can be an expensive business
The polls had been due in November but have been put back by two years.
Local Government Minister Sylvia Masebo said the $64m it would cost to stage the elections would be better spent on roads and hospitals.
Local councillors will now be elected in 2006, at the same time as the president and MPs, after parliament voted to approve the postponement.
Holding elections together would save money, Ms Masebo said.
The main opposition United Party for National Development voted against the postponement, saying it was done in "bad faith".
The last local elections were held in 2001, at the same time as parliamentary and presidential elections, won by President Levy Mwanawasa.