The Gwembe District Voter Education Committee (DVEC) has threatened to abandon the voter education monitoring exercise if the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) does not increase allowance allocation to the committee.
The committee unanimously agreed to go on a go-slow if allowances for fuel and officers are not adjusted upwards.
The committee said that the allowances for fuel and committee members were not enough to successfully monitor the voter education exercise.
This came up yesterday during a field performance evaluation meeting at Munyumbwe
DVEC Chairman Paul Chikandula said Gwembe terrain was different from other districts in the country adding that 400 litres of fuel allocated for the exercise was not enough to monitor the exercise for 90 days.
Mr. Chikandula said monitoring voter education facilitators only twice in 90 days would make facilitators reluctant to work.
He said DVEC activities also included taking drama groups in the 14 wards around the constituency to mobilize and sensitize communities about the voter registration exercise.
Mr. Chikandula has advised ECZ to consider increasing allowances to the committee to enable it carry-out monitoring programme regularly in order to make the voter registration exercise successful.
He warned that DVEC members in the district would abandon the monitoring exercise in two weeks time if ECZ would not respond to the appeals.