Ex-Chief Justice hails ‘transparent’ poll


By Nation Reporter

FORMER Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda says the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) handled and conducted the August 11 general elections in a professional manner.

Justice Chibesakunda, who is also Pillars of Peace Zambia chairperson, observed that this year’s elections were characterized by overwhelming turnout of voters because in some polling stations voting went as far as 21:00 hours.

She said the commission was able to get the election materials to particular polling stations in time, and was able to come to the aid of individuals who needed help such as the disabled, the old, the blind, pregnant women and senior citizens.

Justice Chibesakunda said people in Lusaka were able to cast their votes freely without harassment or intimidation.

She said observers and monitors reported that ballot boxes were inspected at the beginning to ensure they were empty before being sealed, adding that police presence helped secure the ballot papers.

And Justice Chibesakunda said the counting of votes was transparent and were distributed according to the candidates and the ballots were shown to all monitors and observers in the room.

She said that ECZ went overboard to ensure that every aspect of the voting process was transparent.

“Following the reports gathered and analyzed from all our monitors and observers who included international observers from Denmark , Pillars of Peace Zambia is of the view that the 11th August 2016 elections were held in a free and fair manner because we did not see any election irregularities  wherever we went,” she said.

Pillars of Peace Zambia has congratulated President-elect Edgar Lungu for scooping the elections with 50 plus one percent.