The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has urged all aspiring candidates for the August 11 , 2016 general elections to ensure that they obtain the supporting letter from the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) in support of their verified copy of the Grade 12 certificate or equivalent.
ECZ Public Relations Manager Crispin Akufuna said the move follows the two parties resolve on the need for aspiring candidates to obtain a letter in support of the verified copy of the Grade 12 certificate or equivalent.
Mr Akufuna has told ZANIS in a statement issued in Lusaka today that the letter will be issued as part of the verification to safeguard against forged certificates.
He also said this is to ensure that the retuning officers are presented with the genuine equivalent of the Grade 12 certificate.
And Mr Akufuna said the use of cell phones inside the polling station will not be allowed to avoid disturbance during voting and the counting processes.
He said this is in order to prevent voters taking photographs like it has been in the past, a situation which he said compromised the secrecy of the vote and can be considered as a form of campaigning which is prohibited on a poll day.