ECZ starts delimitation exercise in Samfya
Samfya, October 21, 2014, ZANIS….. The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has started the delimitation process of wards and polling district boundaries in Samfya district of Luapula Province.
The exercise will involve the creation of two new wards and 22 polling districts in order to reduce long distances that voters cover during voter registration and elections.
Luapula Province Provincial Local Government Officer Amusa Zaza said there was need to adjust electoral boundaries as the current boundaries are too long for people to travel which at times contribute to voter apathy.
He said the creation of new wards and poling district was a priority as it would ensure that all new districts have at least one constituency and will also realign boundaries of wards that have been affected by the creation of new districts.
ZANIS reports that Mr Zaza said this when he opened a District delimitation meeting at Samfya Council Chamber today.
He said Samfya district has more than one constituency within its administrative boundary adding that the Commission will only need to create more wards and polling districts in order to enhance meaningful representation of the people.
He urged stakeholders, ward councilors and Chiefs representatives to create two wards and 22 polling districts for Bangweulu and Chifunabuli constituencies.
He however said the commission has since informed government on the need to amend the Republican Constitution in order to increase the number of constituencies.