The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says the 17,000 rejected ballot papers in the just-ended presidential election were beyond the commission’s control.
ECZ Public Relation Manager, Cris Akufuna, said the commission did everything possible in educating the voters during the 30 days voter education exercise conducted in all the 1422 wards.
Mr Akufuna told ZANIS in an interview that the commission also engaged Nkhwazi Theatre group to educate voters through drama play and described the exercise as effective.
He was responding to a statement by the Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) that the voter education exercise was not effective because of the 17,000 rejected ballot papers.
And Mr Akufuna has called on political parties and civil society organisations to ensure that they actively participate in the voter education exercise.