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Over 1.2 million new voters captured in Zambia

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has captured over 1.2 million new voters registrations during the first, second, third and fourth phases of the mobile just ended voter registration exercise.

Zambians voting in a presidential election caused by the death of President Michael Sata early this year.

Zambians voting in a presidential election caused by the death of President Michael Sata early this year.

The total number of newly captured eligible voters is 1,246,626, while updates during the same period were 1,235,633 and 23,783 notifications of deceased voters.

Lusaka province recorded the highest number of new voters at 241,301 followed by Southern province with 205,259 registrations.

The least registrations were recorded in North-western province where only 52,204 new voters were captured.

This is contained in a press statement released to the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) by ECZ Public Relations Manager Crispin Akufuna in Lusaka today.

Mr. Akufuna said the voter registration statistics are from 14th September to 11th November, 2015.

He has since appealed to all eligible citizens in possession of Green National Registration Cards (NRCs) to take advantage of the extended nationwide voter registration exercise for 21 days to register.

The extended period starts on 22nd and runs up to 13thDecember, 2015.

Mr. Akufuna explained that the voter registration exercise will continue at the civic centres in all the districts as scheduled until 31st March, 2016.

“The 14 day mobile voter registration in March, 2016, will still take place as earlier announced, on dates to be determined by the commission,” he said.

And Mr. Akufuna has reminded all persons living with disabilities to ensure that their disability is recorded by a registration officer even if they are already registered.

Mr. Akufuna also reminded the public that individuals that registered in 2005/2006 and 2010/2011 do not need to register again as their voters’ cards are still valid.

“No fee should be charged for issuance of a voters’ card and I implore the public to report any registration officer demanding any payment to register to the nearest police,” he said.

Mr. Akufuna has meanwhile warned members of the public against registering more than once stressing that any person found wanting will be prosecuted in accordance with the Regulation 37 (b) of the Electoral (Registration of Voters) Regulations of 2010.

ENDS

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November 19, 2015 - Posted by | News |

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