Church dispels rigging claims 


Reports of massive vote rigging and stuffing of ballot boxes using pre-marked votes are lies and a complete fabrication of the UPND which party is intent on discrediting the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).

Operatives of the Parallel Voter Tabulation (PVT) system by members of the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG), have revealed that the system was so sophisticated that it could detect discrepancies such as the introduction of additional votes, members have disclosed.

And Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) director Father Leonard Chiti, a member of the CCMG, said the system had very little room for error and hence: “We were certain President Edgar Lungu would have an outright victory though we did not rule out the possibility of a re-run,’’ he said.

And monitoring teams which had observers collecting data from polling stations have charged that allegations by the UPND were wild because figures obtained at the polling station were signed for by all agents before being sent to the result centre.

The margin of error in their PVT system in this year’s election was very minimal because of the effectiveness of the system they were using which had proved to be credible in the past two years that it has been used.


Fr. Chiti said using monitors on the ground in polling stations who were feeding the system with data from each polling station monitored, the CCMG’s PVT estimates had proved to be effective because the information obtained was consistent with the final and official results issued by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ)

“CCMG’s PVT estimates are consistent with ECZ’s official presidential results for 2016 election, giving confidence that the results announced by the ECZ at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka accurately reflect the ballots cast by voters at the 10,818 polling streams located at 7,700 polling stations.

“For the 2016 presidential election, CCMG’s PVT deployed, trained, and accredited monitors to a representative random sample of 1,404 polling streams located at 1,001 polling stations at which 863, 218 voters were registered.  “Our monitors who were on the ground went to the polling stations before they were opened and remained there until after closure of the polls and adding of votes and results were obtained and these results gave us a probable range of the outcome which gave us an indication that President Lungu was headed for an outright victory though we did not rule out completely the possibility of a rerun. This is an effective tool,” Fr. Chiti said.

According to the CCMG report, its PVT estimates for the 2016 presidential election results were consistent with those announced by the ECZ at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC). The report further indicates that apart from the PVT, monitors reported the official results announced by the election officials for sampled polling stations via a coded text message using their mobile phones.