ECZ referendum education cheers Lusaka residents

By Nation Reporter

SOME Lusaka residents are happy that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has engaged voter education facilitators on the referendum in all wards across the county.

A student at Lusaka’s Natural Resources Development College (NRDC), Chawezi Banda said stakeholders should put up concerted efforts in disseminating of information pertaining to the referendum.

He said voter education should not only be left to the electoral body if people were to clearly understand what they would be voting for in the forthcoming elections.

Stanford Mukupawenu of Kabangwe area also said the move by ECZ to deploy 1,624 education voters would not only sensitise people on the referendum, but also on the upcoming of elections on how and what people needed to vote for various candidates.

He said through the text messages (SMS) that the ECZ was forwarding to voters, it was another way of sensitising the general public on the need to know what they would cast five ballots for on August 11.

And Mwansa Mupakile of Kabanana Township said he was now able to vote in the referendum because he had full information on it.

He observed that the last referendum was held in 1969, so a lot of people needed to understand what it was and what they were going to vote for.

ECZ has deployed voter education facilitators in all 1, 624 wards countrywide and further increased the number of wards to 1, 422.

There would be two facilitators in each ward sensitising the masses not only on the referendum, but also on the upcoming elections.

The electoral body has also been encouraging stakeholders that include civil society organisations (CSOs), faith-based organisations to go round and sensitise citizens on the need to participate in the referendum.

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