ECZ nets 301,000 new voters


THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has recorded 301, 103 new registrations of voters, says public relations manager Crispin Akufuna.

Mr Akufuna said during the same exercise there were, 324, 941 updates and 2,342 notifications of deceased voters in its first phase of the voter registration exercise which took place from September 14 – 17, 2015.

He urged all citizens in possession of green National Registration Cards (NRCs) and who were above 18 years to ensure they registered as voters.

Mr Akufuna said persons with disabilities should also ensure that their disability was recorded by a registration officer even if they were already registered.

He said the information gathered would assist the Commission to prepare adequately for persons with disabilities in the forthcoming elections.

“The public is also reminded that individuals who registered as voters in 2005-2006 and 2010-2011 do not have to register again as their voters cards are still valid,” he said.

And in a related development, Central Province permanent secretary Edwidge Mutale has advised women to take the advantage of the on-going voter registration exercise in their respective areas to become part of equal partners in development.

Ms Mutale said women should not sit on the sidelines but instead should participate in shaping the governance models and destiny of the country by making themselves available to stand as representatives, councillors and members of parliament.

She said sustainable development was through both women and men, adding that it was time women also stood for positions so that Zambia recorded a high number of women in decision making.

“Women out there should take the advantage of the ongoing voter registration exercise and register to vote enmasse in the forth coming tripartite elections in 2016,” she said.

Ms Mutale said women played a critical role in agriculture sector to bring food to the table and therefore should not be left out in the decision making.

“We want women to vie for higher positions so that they are also partners in the development of the country, looking at the efforts they are making to put food on the table through their hard work in agriculture,” she said.

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