POLITICAL parties and civil society organizations must sensitise eligible voters on the negative consequences of acquiring more than one voter’s card, says Action Governance Forum (AGF) executive director Justin Mushoke.
He said the trend of politicians lodging electoral complaints during elections was unfair when they were supposed to complain at the right time to give time to the Electoral Commission of Zambia to do their job transparently.
“We would like to thank the commission for the concern it has raised over this issue, and therefore players involved in the electoral process should be concerned with this issue because it can cause problems with the outcome of election results,” he said.
Mr Mushoke said his organisation was concerned with reports of some individuals acquiring two voter’s cards during registration exercise.
He said ECZ should be alerted on time to ensure that no one gets more than one card.
Mr Mushoke said individuals with hidden agendas should not be allowed to frustrate the electoral process.
“This issue should not be taken lightly because it is something which should worry anyone involved in ensuring that elections are conducted in a free and fair manner,” he said. Mr Mushoke said there was need to monitor the way people were acquiring both voters’ cards and National Registration Cards as the two documents were critical in the electoral process.
He said voter educators should also spend more time to explain to the citizens the dangers of getting more than one voters card.
“And these are some of the things which cause confusion in the electoral process. That is why we want political players and other stakeholders involved in the electoral process to ensure everything is done correctly; we don’t want to hear malpractices during elections,” Mr Mushoke said.
He said it was the duty of every Zambian to respect the work of the Electoral Commission of Zambia and not to frustrate the process, as the country was preparing for tripartite elections.
Mr Mushoke said the Zambia Police Service should ensure that they got involved for the process to move smoothly and not allow some selfish people to frustrate it.