Several Civil Society Groups in Mkushi District have expressed concern with the impact of the recently ended mobile issuance of NRCs (National Registration Card) on the Voter Registration exercise.
Speaking for Strategic Youth Organization(SYO), Bright Mumba observed that the mobile NRC exercise that was conducted between June and July this year, explaining that the demand for NRCs is still high in most Wards.
Mr. Mumba said that this situation would not add impetus on the ECZ(Electoral Commission of Zambia) Voter Registration exercise which required one to have an NRC.
He expressed worry that Youths in remote parts of the District would be amongst the social strata that could be affected in the quest to register as Voters.
In another contribution, YWCA’s(Young Women Christian Association’s) Mkushi District Coordinator Hilda Makanta pointed out the need to consider effecting a second phase to cater for areas that were not covered in that mobile NRC exercise.
Mrs. Makanta said that there is need to consider incorporating personnel from other sectors other personnel from Home Affairs Ministry, if the second phase is considered.
She observed that personnel from departments under Home Affairs Ministry monopolized the exercise, adding that multi-sector composition would help to improve publicity aspect of the exercise.
Civic Leaders such as Musofu Ward Councillor Charles Kashinga (MMD) complained that the mobile NRC Team had not covered any community in this Ward, whilst several other Councillors cited poor publicity of the exercise.