ECZ cleared over foreign voters


THERE is no evidence in the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) database that supports the alleged inclusion of foreign nationals in the voter’s register of 2015 or 2016, a Kenyan firm auditing the provisional register firm has said.

And Police have revealed that it has dispatched a team of officers to Eastern Province to investigate the alleged registration of foreigners as voters to participate in the August 11 general election.

Giving a presentation during a stakeholders’ debrief on the audit of the provision register at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka yesterday, team leader Dismas Ong’ondi said contrary to allegations that the provisional register contained foreign nationals who were poised to vote in the August 11 general elections, there was no evidence to prove that such people existed in the ECZ database.

Mr. Ong’ondi said all registration records in the ECZ database had all the required information including National registration Cards (NRCs) adding that there were no major disparities in terms of the projected and the actual number of voters especially from Eastern Province, where such illegalities were said to be rampant.

He however said the audit had established that 142, 383 ineligible voters were removed from the provisional register while 1, 697, 762 were added as new voters representing a 32.88 percent.

He said 132, 837 cases of voters sharing the same NRC numbers were recorded while 2,555 cases of people sharing NRC numbers, names and dates of birth were also identified.

“There is no evidence in the database to support the alleged inclusion of foreign nationals added to the register in 2015/2016 and the number and percentage of voters falls within the projected eligible voting population. All the registration records in the database had all the required data including National Registration Cards (NRCs),” Mr. Ong’ondi said.

He said the ECZ had proved to be the most transparent among the electoral bodies whose registers they had audited in the 13 countries to which they have been contracted so far.

And senior assistant Police commissioner Alfred Nawa said officers were on the ground in Eastern Province investigating the alleged registration of foreigners as voters in Zambia.  Mr. Nawa said after reports alleging that foreigners were being registered as voters in Eastern Province, the police instituted investigations and that a report will be issued soon by the Inspector General of Police to that effect.

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