Electoral body bans cellphones


NO-ONE will be allowed to enter any polling stations with a cellphone to avoid leaking unconfirmed results, Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has announced.

Meanwhile, the commission has allowed the transmission of elections results electronically to the totaling centre so that they can be announced in good time.

The ban on Cellphones follows an observation by the commission that there were a lot of speculations during the counting of votes because people found in polling stations leaked unconfirmed results.

The Commission in the Electoral Process Bill for 2016 is seeking powers to penalize abusers of the Electoral Code of Conduct.

Speaking when they made submissions before the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs yesterday, ECZ chairperson Esau Chulu and director Priscilla Isaacs explained that nobody would be allowed to carry a cellphone in polling stations including polling officers.

Justice Chulu also said ECZ would not allow recounting of ballot papers at the totaling centre, adding that anybody who would be aggrieved with the outcome should seek a court petition.

He however started that recounting of ballot papers would be allowed in different police stations but not at the totaling centre.

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