ACC carries out anti electoral malpractices campaigns in Central province
Chibombo , January 8, 2015, ZANIS —- The Anti-Corruption Commission of Zambia (ACC) in Central Province has urged electorates to play a leading role in ensuring free and fair elections ahead of the January 20th, 2015 Presidential By-elections.
ACC Central Province Community Education Officer Binga Mushimba says it was vital for the electorate in the area maintained peace by not involving themselves in electoral corruption and other malpractices during electoral period.
Ms. Mushimba says it is difficult for the nation to have free and fair elections if electorates do not refrain from electoral corruption and malpractices.
She says malpractices such as interference in the work of the returning officer, destruction of election materials, and loitering within restricted areas of polling stations have potential to compromise the peace during an election.
ZANIS reports ACC Central Province Community Education Officer said this after the commission conducted sensitization campaigns on the electoral malpractices at Liteta and William Markets in Chibombo District.
And Ms Mushimba cautioned electorates against selling their voters’ cards saying it is an illegal practice which is punishable by law once they are found.
She encouraged electorates to safeguard their voter’s cards in order for them to be able to vote for their preferred candidate on January 20, 2015 Presidential By-elections.
Ms Mushimba also urged electorates to look out for all forms of electoral malpractices in their communities and report them to the Law Enforcement agencies.
Meanwhile, ACC has intensified sensitization campaigns in the public places in the province against electoral mal-practices ahead of the January 20th elections.
The exercise is being carried out using performing arts and the distribution of EIC materials.
So far the sensitization campaigns have been carried in parts of Chibombo and Chisamba Districts.