Electronic results fears dismissed
Chipata, September 9, 2014, ZANIS….Chipata District Electoral Officer Davies
Musenge has dismissed fears by some stakeholders that the newly introduced
transmission of election results in the Kasenengwa Parliamentary
by-election may jeopardize the election.
Mr. Musenge however explained that the Electoral Commission of Zambia will still maintain the old
system of counting ballot papers and verification by all
stakeholders such as observers, monitors and polling agents.
He was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Chipata this morning.
He clarified that the pilot electronic transmission of election
results will not be the basis for determining the results saying the ECZ
just wanted to determine its accuracy.
He stated that electoral transmission of the results will run side by
side with the old manual counting of the ballot papers.
Mr Musenge noted that after verification the results will be
transmitted electronically to the totalling centre awaiting actual
ballots papers from polling centres.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) yesterday adopted a pilot
electronic system to transmit the Kasenengwa and Vubwi by elections
results in the Eastern province.
MMD President Nevers Mumba expressed fears that the system was
been introduced at last the minute.
Dr. Mumba is reported in some sections of the media having rejected
the decision by ECZ to use a pilot electronic system to transmit the
Kasenengwa and Vubwi by elections results in the Eastern province.
Meanwhile, all is set for the Kasenengwa by election slated for
Thursday 11th September 2014.
A check at the civic centre by ZANIS in Chipata today found election officers and political
parties doing verifications of election materials in readiness for the
Returning officer Noel Sichalwe said the election materials and
elections personnel will be dispatched tomorrow.
The Kasenengwa seat fall vacant after the Supreme Court nullified the
election of MMD’s Victoria Kalima.
Four candidates are participating in the by -election and these
are Gideon Zulu of the ruling PF, Timothy Nyirenda of the UPND and
Khumbiza Daka of UNIP while Victoria Kalima is re-contesting the seat on the MMD ticket.