Electoral officer refutes corrupt allegations

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Electoral officer refutes corrupt allegations

Kafue, January 15, 2015,ZANIS……..Kafue District Electoral Officer Aron Kamalondo  has refuted allegations  that  some polling staff  in the  area  did  not  undergo the  Electoral Commission of  Zambia(ECZ)  training  and  that  they were PF cadres .

Mr. Kamalondo said all the  polling staff  were  trained and selected on merit.

ZANIS reports that Mr Kamalondo who is also the Council Secretary was reacting to reports by an on line media publication yesterday alleging that Kafue polling agents were all PF cadres.

He  further explained  that  the district had received  2,500 applications and selected only 500who underwent  training  and that due to  commotion that ensued, the polling  agents were  made to  write a test from which the  required 335  were shortlisted .

Mr. Kamalondo  also  described  the allegations  that  the District  Commissioner Grace Ngulube  and  area member  of  Parliament  Obvious  Mwaliteta  took some names  to  the council as mere fabrications.

He  added that neither the DC nor  the MP  were  seen at the Council premises during the exercise  as  they are both busy  with other national duties.

The Electoral  Officer has since called on public  to get  clarifications  and  confirm with  documentation  used  during the exercise  such  as registration forms  from the  Council .

In addition, Mr Kamalondo  affirmed  that  as  a government worker, he is non partisan and  working according to government  regulations.

And both Kafue District Commissioner Grace Ngulube and area MP Obvious  Mwaliteta have denied allegations  of  intervening  in the recruiting  of  polling agents.

Meanwhile,  Mr Kamalondo  described the  political atmosphere  in  the district as peaceful.

He  noted  that his office  receive d  only  one complaint from  the  Patriotic Front  (PF)  party  who  complained about their posters  being removed  which was later resolved through  dialogue  with all the  political parties in the district.