LUSAKA District Electoral officer (DEO) who is also Lusaka town clerk said he was impressed with the number of registered voters and appealed to more people to take advantage of the registration period which commenced on September 14, 2015 and will end in November .
Alex Mwansa said the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) in collaboration with the ministry of home affairs has made it easier to obtain police reports at every registration centre adding that youths and women that have attained the age of 18 or those that will have attained 18 years by July 31, 2015 must take advantage and register as voters because they too were eligible voters.
He also urged all those who may have lost their voters cards or their national registration cards (NRC) or those that may have either their NRC’s or voters cards defaced or damaged to go and have them replaced in order to avoid disfranchising themselves.
The district officer stated that some registration centers in the first phase may move to other centres in the second phase while others will remain because of high turnout.
He further stated that registration centres in Lusaka central, Chawama and Matero constituency may not move in the second phase.
“Take not that registration centres such as Chawama community Hall, Lusaka city Library, George central primary school, Kizito primary school, and new Matero boys school will not be moved in the second phase of registration, “said Mwansa. Mwansa said he was impressed with the number of people who have registered as voters for 2016 general elections particularly with the number of new registration, especially the youths who have shown interest to vote for the first time.
He revealed that in the first week of the registration period Lusaka district recorded an over whelming 29,363 voters and that of the 29,363 captured voters 20,415 were new registrations of which 7,092 were females and 13,323 were males, while 9,354 were re-registering with 3,194 being females and 6,160 being males. He said that among the constituencies that have recorded the highest number of registered voters were Mandevu with 6,150 followed by Matero 4,452 and Kanyama with 4,247.