CEG to deploy 100 ‘election monitors’ in 15 districts

Voting in sparsely populated Zambezi-West parliamentary by-election started on schedule at 06:00 hours and at Mapashi polling station 45 people had cast their votes by 06:39 hours.

Center for Elections and Governance (CEG) says it will deploy about 100 election monitors in selected 15 districts to monitor the forthcoming Presidential by-election.
CEG Chairperson Misheck Mwewa has told journalists during a press briefing in Lusaka that his organization is setting up the Zambian Vote and Electoral Observers Team which will work with CEG’s partner NGOs and grassroots organizations in the 15 districts.
Mr. Mwewa says the team will be open to local and international NGOs and Community BasedLusaka-20141122-00210 Organizations that are not existing Zambian civic network and coalitions in the country.
Mr. Mwewa says the prayer of his organization is that the election will be devoid of violence.
He has also noted with sadness that the Zambia is once again going to have by-election without a revised Republican Constitution and electoral regulations.
And Mr. Mwewa states that the continued insistence by Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) that ballot papers be printed outside the country is a lame excuse fostered by people who do not believe in the prudent use of public resources.
Mr. Mwewa notes that government had procured a new printing press for the government printing department to enable the country print its own ballot papers to save costs and create more jobs.

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Report by Albert Mpezeni



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