2)–UPND councilors praise President Sata

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Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) councilors in Chikankata say the decision by President Michael Sata to declare the area a district is yielding positive fruits.

ZANIS in Mazabuka reports that the councilors say the area has started witnessing unprecedented developments such as the proposed increment in the number of wards by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).

Following its district status the ECZ has proposed that four new wards be created with nine polling districts a move that has cheered the political players.

The newly created wards are Nzingu, Chakwaza, Turn pike and Munyomezi and will be among other things ensure that meaningful development is enhanced through the disbursement of the Ward Development Funds.

Chikankata district currently has eight wards and the additional four brings the total to twelve.

District Council Secretary Damson Mukwato said at the district stakeholders delimitation exercise organized by the ECZ that the electoral  boundaries of Chikankata should now be adjusted following its declaration as a district.

Mr Mukwato who is also Chikankata District Electoral officer stated that the increase in the number of districts from 74 to 103 demanded that there is a revision of some district boundaries.

“The need to adjust electoral boundaries is a priority to ensure that all new districts have at least one constituency and to realign the boundaries of wards and constituencies that have been affected by the creation of the new districts,” said Mukwato.

Mr Mukwato observed that the creation of new districts has posed a challenge to election administration a situation that requires E.C.Z to create more wards and polling districts in order to meet the threshold for the minimum number of wards in a district as well as enhance meaningful representation of the people

He charged that it was the hope of ECZ that the delimitation of polling districts will result in the delivery of more efficient electoral services.

The ECZ is conducting delimitation stakeholder meetings countrywide and has since informed government on the need to amend the constitution in order to increase the number of constituencies from the current 150 to 235.