ECZ ignores UPND protest schemes


The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has no intentions of suspending the mobile voter registration exercise despite calls from the United Party for National Development (UPND) to do so, says Commission public relations manager Cris Akufuna.

The opposition UPND has threatened to block the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) from conducting the registration of voters until the issuance of National Registration Card (NRC) is completed.

But Mr Akufuna said the commission would not stop the registration exercise because all political parties were consulted before embarking on the exercise.

He said the commission had a well laid out programme on how the mobile voter registration exercise was going to be conducted.

“The commission is not going to suspend the voter registration, the commission has a well laid out programme of how voter registration is going to be conducted and the commission share this programme with the political parties and other stakeholders here at the commission headquarters and at Mulungushi International Conference Centre,” Mr Akufuna said.

He said the UPND officials attended the meetings concerning the voter registration exercises.

Mr. Akufuna said the UPND should address the issues with the department of National Registration if they had concerns about the issuance of mobile national registration cards.

“If they have concerns about the issuance of the NRCs, those are the concerns that they need to address with the department of National Registration,” he said.

Mr. Akufuna said the commission provided for an extension of last three provinces because teams would have withdrawn from the fields when the NRCs teams would be conducting the exercise in Luapula, Copperbelt and North-western provinces.

“It is for that reason that the commission is seeking K60 million which is what we will need to conduct mobile voter registration in those provinces,” he said.

Mr. Akufuna said the voter registration would be open at all civic centre around the country when the commission starts the exercise on 14th September despite having the mobile team on the ground.

He said the voter registration at civic centres would go on until 31st of March 2016.

“When we start on 14th September, it will be at Civic centres throughout the country, all civic centres in the country, will have offices open, so if you go to any Civic Centre office, you will find our officers carrying out voter registration there and that the voter registration at the civic centre will go on till 31st of March 2016, so for those that will miss out the mobile registration will still have a chance at the civic centre,” Akufuna said.