ECZ clarifies US$3.8m ‘gift’


Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says the US$3.8 million which was given on Wednesday is part of the Electoral Support Programme from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and not a donation from United States government, Cris Akufuna has said.

Mr. Akufuna who is ECZ public relations manager said the money was under the basket funding programme for 2016 / 2017. He said UNDP was working with other donors to ensure that elections were held fairly and in a peaceful atmosphere.

On Wednesday, the ECZ received  US$3.8 million  from the United States of government towards the holding of credible elections on August 11th.

US Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz said the contribution was aimed at ensuring the voice of the electorate was heard.

Mr. Schultz said part of the contribution would go towards preparations for the referendum which will be held alongside the general election.

He encouraged political players to start implementing resolutions of last week’s Indaba in order for the country to hold peaceful and credible elections.

Mr. Schultz said the Indaba was a great initiative which all political players must appreciate by implementing what was resolved.

Meanwhile, Mr Akufuna said the verification of voter registration process would be held between 5th and 21st May 2016. The ECZ conducted a mobile voter registration exercise between 14th September 2015 and 11th November 2015.

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