THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has set 28th June to 2nd July 2016 as the nomination period for presidential candidates to stand in this year’s general elections.
Speaking during a stakeholders meeting in Lusaka yesterday, ECZ chairperson Mr Justice Essau Chulu also announced that the campaign period will start on 16th July 2016 and end on 10th August 2016.
He said those taking in parliamentary elections will file their nominations on 28th June while those for mayoral and local government elections were required to file in their nominations on 29th June.
The ECZ chair also said political parties were not required to bring the 1,000 presidential nomination supporters from all provinces to Lusaka to be registered but to the ECZ provincial offices.
‘‘After considering the expenses, political parties do not have to bring their 1,000 supporters from all provinces to Lusaka but they can be recorded at our provincial headquarters there,’’ he said.
And ECZ recorded 1,593,840 new voters as of 13th December, representing 93 per cent of the targeted 1.7 million voters.
‘‘As of 13th December, the commission had registered 1,593,840 new voters; this represents 93% of the targeted 1.7 million new voters; out of these 801,280 were female and 792,560 were male,’’ he said.
The chairperson also said Southern Province and Lusaka registered more voters than the targeted numbers.
Lusaka recorded 286,014 voters when its target was at 269,280 while Southern had 231,344 when the targeted number of new voters was 197,401.
‘’ Southern and Lusaka provinces were able to register more voters than the targeted numbers, at 117% and 106% of the provided targets respectively,’’ he said.
He said there was a reduction in the total number of new registered voters for Southern Province compared to the statistics released on 3rd December due to misposting of figures in the consolidation of district reports which has however been corrected.
Mr Chulu said the overall response of the eligible voters was good and this was attributed to the enhanced collaboration between the Department of National Registration, Passports and Citizenship (DNRPC) and the commission through the enhanced voter education and publicity participation of the civil societies and some political parties.
The chairperson also applauded the Zambia Police for their presence at registration centres across the country and appealed to the CSOs and political parties to join the commission on the 14 days mobile voter registration that would run from 16th February 2016 to 29th March 2016.
‘‘In the same vein the commission applauds the Zambia Police for being present at the registration centres across the country to ensure that police reports were issued in the registration centres to those who needed them. I further appeal to CSOs, political parties and the Zambia Police to ensure that they come on board as we embark on the forthcoming 14 days mobile registration exercise,’’ he said.
He thanked the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) for observing the voter registration process to ascertain whether the exercise met international and regional standards.
Mr Justice Chulu added that voter registration at civic centres of all districts would continue as scheduled until 29th February and that the districts have recorded a good turnout.
‘‘After the close of the voter registration period, registered voters will be accorded a seven days window to inspect the register of voters from the 15th to 21st May 2016. The purpose of this exercise is to allow registered voters to verify their particulars and make corrections where necessary.
‘‘The final voters’ register will be certified on 31st July 2016 to enable all eligible persons who will turn 18 years by 31st July 2016 to register,’’ he added.