Voters’ register under scrutiny


By Nation Reporter

THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says it is carrying out correctional measures to rectify all the anomalies identified in the just ended inspection of provisional voters registers ahead of the August 11 general elections.

And the ECZ said it had reported media reports suggesting that a named political party had facilitated the issuance of National Registration Cards (NRCs) to foreigners to enable them register as voters and that the 2016 provisional register of voters contained entries of foreigners to police.

ECZ public relations manager Cris Akufuna said the ECZ identified anomalies such as the missing of some voters from the 2016 provisional register of voters where an estimated 5,600 people in some districts representing 0.3 percent of the new voters.

Mr. Akufuna said the commission also discovered that some voters were registered to vote in the wrong polling stations with Chisamba, Luanshya, Sinda and Chinsali as the districts affected.

He, however, assured the public that the anomalies would be corrected before the independent audit of the register of voters and the subsequent certification of the 2016 register scheduled for 31st July, 2016.

“Key issues arising from the inspection are that some districts reported missing voters from the 2016 provisional register of voters with an estimated 5,600 new registrations affected in 13 districts. Some voters were registered to vote in wrong polling stations.

“For each of these reported missing voters, the ECZ will reprocess the records from backup files the registration forms and add them to the register. For voters registered in wrong polling stations, registration data from the affected kits is being analysed to resolve the issues while errors for individual records where addressed by the inspecting officers in the various verification or polling stations and at the head office during the verification exercise,” Mr. Akufuna said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Akufuna said the Commission was taking media reports suggesting the foreigners were registered top participate in this year’s election seriously and had since reported the matter to police for further investigations.

He said the Commission had also written to all political parties to submit information which could be used in the investigation of the alleged registration of foreigners.

“The Commission is taking seriously media reports which came up during the inspection period alleging that the 2016 provisional register of voters contained foreigners. The report cited constituencies bordering Malawi, specifically Chadiza and Vubwi in Eastern Province. The matter was reported to Woodlands police in Lusaka and the police have since instituted investigations,” he said.

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