—Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Chairperson, Justice Irene Mambilima, says the need to adjust electoral boundaries is a priority to ensure that all districts have at least one constituency.
Justice Mambilima says this is done in order to realign the boundaries of wards and constituencies that have been affected by the creation of the new districts.
She says it was for this reason that government, through the Electoral Commission of Zambia is embarking on delimitation of polling districts and wards countrywide.
In a speech read for her by Lukulu Council Secretary, Alfred Mungalu, during a two-day delimitation workshop for councillors and stakeholders in Lukulu district over the weekend, ECZ Justice Mambilima said once done, electorates will be covering short distances to cast their ballots.
Justice Mambilima said it is the commission’s hope that the delimitation of polling districts will result in the delivery of more efficient electoral services.
She said in its quest to efficiently deliver services to the citizens, government has embarked on decentralization of the country’s governance system.
She said the creation of new districts has resulted in the revision of some of the district boundaries and some constituency boundaries which have been affected, adding that that is why the Ministry of Local Government and Housing directed the ECZ to create polling stations and wards.
Eleven polling stations have been created bringing the total number to 64 from 53 while two wards, namely Chitete and Ngimbu, were created, bringing the total number to 15 from 13 wards in the district.
Lukulu district is one of the districts to have adjustments as Mitete district formally Lukulu West Constituency was created from Lukulu district.
The Republican President, Michael Sata, has established and created 29 new districts across the country, thereby increasing the nation total of districts from 74 to 103.