THE UPND in North-western Province says the verification process put in place by the Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) requiring every interested person to travel to Lusaka for verification of their Grade 12 certificate is not feasible for people who live in far flung areas.
UPND vice provincial chairman Mark Kalemba said the requirement would disadvantage a lot of interested people from far-flung areas such as Zambezi because of the terrain.
“Currently some terrains in North-Western Province are not reachable because of the terrain, it is raining heavily in some parts of Zambezi and floods are to be expected and so some people may not be able to access outside parts of the country,” he said.
Mr Kalemba said the process would also deter aspirants from venturing into politics because of the cost of registration.
“It is regrettable that the Government has turned a blind eye to the challenges faced by people in far-flung rural areas who cannot access the urban areas easily,” he said.
The UPND provincial chairman said it was easier for people in urban areas to access the facility.
Mr. Kalemba said a facility for council aspirants should have been instituted to make the process easier for the civic leaders who live in rulal areas.
“This means that people from afar will have to spend on accommodation, food and transport besides other required costs,” he said.
Mr Kalemba said the aspirants would still need to return to their homes for adoption then travel back to Lusaka for further verification.
He said even though some political parties were done with primaries, some parties were finding it difficult to access finances to verify their candidates academic qualifications.
“The impact of the new requirement will only be felt after elections as some parties may field incompetent people because they are currently the only people able to meet the requirements,” Mr Kalemba said.
He however noted that UPND had secured adequate applications for aspiring members of Parliament for all the constituencies in the province.
“We have had a lot of applications from aspiring candidates from all the constituencies. We have received overwhelming applications from more than 10 eligible applicants for some of the constituencies,” he said.