THE Electoral commission is targeting to capture 1.7 million new voters in the forthcoming Mobile Voter registration exercise ahead of the 2016 general elections, Chairperson Esau Chulu says
And the Commission has revealed that following the delimitation process the total number of polling station has increased from 6,456 to 7,700.
Justice Chulu announced this at a stakeholders meeting in Lusaka yesterday where he also disclosed that the voter registration exercise would run from September 14th to November 11th, 2015.
He said registration at Civic Centres countrywide would run up to March 2016.
Justice Chulu also clarified that only Luapula, Northwestern and Copperbelt province would have their registration exercise run up to January 31.
He said the three provinces would be tackled separately because the National Registration Card by the registration office would not have been concluded when the voter registration starts.
Justice Chulu also revealed that the commission would need an extra K60 million for the extension of mobile voter registration in three provinces.
He said the current budget for the voter registration exercise was about K315 million.
“On the delivery of digital registration kits, I would like to inform you that the Commission has received the registration kits required for training. The rest of the kits are in the country awaiting customs clearance,” justice Chulu said.
He said the commission has since commenced training of master trainers, who would in turn train registration officers in the districts from 17 August to 5 September, 2015.
But Heritage Party President Gen Godfrey Miyanda expressed concern over the increased number of polling stations ahead of the 2016 general elections.
He said some opposition political parties had no capacity to send at least two election monitors in all the 7,700 polling stations across the nation.
Gen Miyanda said in order for democracy to thrive in Zambia, there was need for government through ECZ to consider funding opposition political parties to allow them deploy two election observers in all the 7,700 polling stations.
Gen Miyanda further charged that it was a serious plunder for government to create new districts when it was the duty of the Electoral Commission of Zambia.
He said the decision to create new districts without empowering the Department of the Nationals Registration Office had the potential to cause anarchy in the country.
And Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) executive director Goodwell Lungu has called on ECZ to publicize its new register once it had concluded the new voter registration process.