Isoka, January 6, 2015, ZANIS —- 243 people in Isoka District of Muchinga Province have managed to have their voters cards replaced from the four established centers during the voter card replacement exercise.
Isoka District Electoral Officer (DEO) Mr. Martin Mutale confirmed this to the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Isoka today.
Mr. Mutale said that 243 people have successfully replaced their voter’s cards while 108 party agents have collected their accreditation with only two monitors.
The District Electoral Officer who is also Isoka District Council Secretary (CS) revealed that Nzoche recorded 16, with 20 from Nsansamwenje, 152 for Isoka Central and 55 from Kampumbu centers, adding that 165 males and 78 females had their voters cards replaced in the four centers.
Mr. Mutale described the turn out for the exercise as very low and attributed it to the few replacement centers created coupled with busy farming period for the electorate and the short period which he said would have been better if it lasted for two weeks.
Mr. Mutale noted that only the Patriotic Front (PF), Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD), as well as AVAP and Noble Foundation monitors have collected their accreditation.
Meanwhile, Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZANUT) Isoka District Branch Secretary Green Siingwa has condemned government in the strongest terms for increasing the retirement age from 55 to 65 years for Civil Servants, a scenario he described as unhealthy because many workers will be dying before attaining their retirement age.
Mr. Siingwa was speaking during the burial of late Mrs. Charity Mulenga Msiska a teacher at Chiwanda Primary School who died at the age of 43 after suffering a stroke.
Mrs. Msiska was described as a hard working teacher who left a big gap in the teaching fraternity in the district.