ECZ calls on political parties to guide cadres

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The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has asked political parties to give guidance to their cadres in order for them to abide by the electoral code of conduct while campaigning for their candidates.

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ECZ chairperson Irene Mambilima says the commission will be on alert to handle any matters of conflict that may arise during the election period adding that this will be done through Conflict Management Committees that have been established at national and district level.

Justice Mabilima,   who was speaking today in Lusaka during a meeting with presidential candidates and their party officials held at Mulungushi International conference center further called on the public to report any electoral malpractice to the police, Anti-Corruption Commission or any other law enforcement agencies.

 

The meeting was aimed at taking presidential candidates through the nomination process so that they could be conversant with the requirements ahead of the elections.

 

The political parties present at the meeting include United Nation Independence Party (UNIP) president Tiliyenji Kaunda, National Restoration party (NAREP) president Elias Chipimo Junior, Patriotic Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu, Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) President Rupiah Banda and National Revolution Party (NRP) president Cosmo Mumba.

 

Others were Christian Democratic Party (CDP) president Danny Pule, Heritage Party president Godfrey Miyanda, Forum for Democratic Alternatives (FDA) president Ludwig Sondashi, Green Party president Peter Sinkamba and Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi.

 

 

Meanwhile, justice Mambilima said the commission will not use the electronic transmission of results from polling station in the coming presidential by-elections.

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She explained that results from polling stations will be physically delivered to the 150 constituency centres by the presiding officers of the polling stations then later transmitted electronically to the commission headquarters and the national results centre at Mulungushi international conference centre.

 

She urged the political parties to ensure that their party agents were aware of the procedures for witnessing the proceedings of the polls at various polling stations ahead of the January, 20, presidential elections.

 

And Justice Mambilima expressed confidence that ECZ will deliver a successful presidential by elections come 20th January, 2015.

 

She said the commission has so far made good progress in the preparations for the presidential elections.

 

Justice Mambilima said ECZ has delivered to all districts non-security materials comprising items such as ballot boxes and ballot booths.

 

She said the commission has conducted the necessary training of the various aspects of elections for the diverse group of staff.

 

And Justice Mambilima reaffirmed that  the commission will not register any new voters but will issue voters cards to already registered voters that may have lost their voters cards from December 28, 2014 to January 3rd, 2015.

 

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