ECZ validates candidates without G.12 certificates


THE Electoral Commission of Zambia will still receive nominations from candidates who do not have validation letters for their Grade 12 certificates, says public relations officer Crispin Akufuna.    

Mr Akufuna said the Commission would still accept nominations on the provision that the qualifications would still need to be authenticated by the Examination Council of Zambia.

He said the ongoing verification of Grade 12 certificates and other institutions would continue to obtain validation letters which must be submitted on the nomination day with other documents.

“The Commission will still receive the nominations of candidates who will not be in possession of validation letter. However, such nominations will be provisionally accepted until the Commission has authenticated such qualifications with the Examinations Council of Zambia and other institutions,” he said.

And Mr Akufuna announced that all persons whose names were appearing in the provisional register qualified to contest elections as well as support a candidate of their choice in the forthcoming elections.

He explained that the Republican Constitution stated that an aspiring candidate for office of the President, Member of Parliament, Mayor or Council chairperson must be a registered voter.

This was contained in a statement issued after the stakeholders’ meeting held to address various issues raised.

And the Commission has called on members of the public with information about foreigners and underage persons who had been registered as voters to object the retention of such persons in the register.

Mr Akufuna said voters must take it upon themselves to inform the Commission of names of suspects being objected in the register, as well as the reasons for the objection.

Last week, various stakeholders including political party leaders and their representatives, members of civil society and the church converged at Mia Convention Centre for an indaba called by the Commission on the forthcoming August 11, 2016 general elections.

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