The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) made an error in its 3rd December 2015 voter registration statistics for Southern Province, ECZ public relations manager Cris Akufuna has said.
He attributed the error to mis-posting of figures in the consolidation of district reports.
Mr Akufuna said it remained committed towards being transparent and accountable to the public even when there was a continued wrong and suspicious perception from the public on the commission.
“The commission will continue to involve stakeholders and political parties in all its programmes ahead of the August elections to assure transparency and accountability,” he said.
Mr Akufuna also disclosed that Zambia held 34 parliamentary by-elections from November 2011 to September 2015.
He said2013 recorded the highest number of by-elections with 13 being recorded.
The by-elections were in Livingstone, Mpongwe, Lukulu West, Kapiri Mposhi, Feira, Solwezi East, Chipata Central, Kafulafuta, Mkushi North, Mkaika and Mansa Central constituencies.
Mr. Akufuna said the commission conducted the lowest parliamentary by-elections in 2011.
“The country recorded the lowest in 2011 with three by-elections in Magoye constituency, Nakonde constituency and Chongwe constituency,” he said.
Mr. Akufuna said seven parliamentary by-elections were recorded in 2014 in Katuba, Mangango, Kasenengwa, Vubwi, Mkushi South, Zambezi West, Solwezi Central constituencies while five by-elections were held in 2012 in Msanzala, Chama North, Muchinga, Livingstone and Mufumbwe constituencies.
He said the commission conducted eight by-elections in 2015 in Chawama, Masaiti, Senga Hill, Malambo, Mulobezi, Petauke Central, Lubanseshi and Solwezi west constituencies.
Mr. Akufuna however could not disclose to Millennium radio how much the commission spent on the 34 parliamentary by-elections.