7.5 million to vote in referendum – CSO

THE Central Statistics Office (CSO) of Zambia has disclosed that a total of 7,528,091 Zambians are eligible to vote in the forthcoming national referendum.

At a briefing in Lusaka yesterday, CSO director of census and statistics John Kalumbi disclosed that from the projected total population of 15,933,883 in Zambia, an estimated total of 7,528,091 people would be aged 18 years or older by 30th June, 2016, thus qualified to be registered as voters in the forthcoming referendum.

Mr Kalumbi said that the distribution of eligible voters by sex had 3,864,073 females and 3,664,018 males.

He revealed that of the total number of eligible voters in the referendum, Central Province has a total of 714,735 voters, Copperbelt has 1,189,869, Eastern has a total of 871,920, Luapula 522,771 and Lusaka 1,507,850.

Other provinces were Muchinga with a total of 428,412 voters, Northern Province has 599,868, Northern has 373,386, Southern 870,036 and Western province has a total of 449,244 eligible voters. Meanwhile, Mr Kalumbi said that the annual rate of inflation in Zambia had decreased to 20.2 percent from 21.0 percent recorded last month.

He explained that this meant that on average, prices of goods and services had decreased by 20.2 percent.

Mr Kalumbi attributed the decrease in the annual inflation to the decrease in the prices of vegetables, fruits, purchase of motor vehicles and airfares.

“The annual rate of inflation in Zambia has decreased to 20.2 percent from 21.0 percent recorded last month. This meant that on average, prices of goods and services have decreased by 20.2 percent. This decrease in the annual inflation is attributed to the decrease in the prices of vegetables, fruits, purchase of motor vehicles and airfares” he explained.

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