Government has revealed that it has spent over K 200 million to organise 11 Parliamentary and Local Government by elections since October 2011.
Deputy Minister in the Vice President’s Office Stephen Kampyongo disclosed this when he answered a question in Parliament Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Kampyongo stated that a total of K 211,549,317 was spent on all parliamentary and ward by elections from October 2011 until December 2014.
He also revealed that nine by elections were occasioned by nullification of election results by the courts of law and the other nine were as a result of defections.
Mr Kampyongo further disclosed that the Electoral Commission of Zambia organised 183 ward by elections over the same period.
He also revealed that the treasury had allocated K4million for holding by elections annually since 2011 except in 2016 when the allocation went up to K6 million.
Mr Kampyongo defended the expenditure on by election stating that it is a constitutional requirement for the Electoral Commission of Zambia to organise by election whenever a vacancy occurs at Parliamentary or local government level.