ECZ Chris Akufuna at the Scene
ECZ Chris Akufuna

Presidential candidates who will fail to deposit at least half of the K 75, 000 in the stipulated Electoral Commission of Zambia account by Tuesday, 17th May, 2016 will be disqualified from standing in the August 11 general elections, ECZ public relations manager Cris Akufuna said.

Meanwhile, only UNIP is known to have, so far, deposited half of the K75, 000 presidential nomination fees in the ECZ account.

In an interview yesterday, Mr Akufuna said that it was a clear and straight forward matter and that if any of the Presidential aspiring candidates failed to deposit K 37, 500 by the set deadline for payment, then such a candidate would be disqualified.

“It is clear if you don’t deposit half of the nomination fee in the stipulated ECZ account by the deadline, then you won’t stand,” he said.

According to the ECZ, the electoral body does not want to handle cash as the case was in the past.

The commission prescribed from 10th May, 2016 to 17th May, 2016 as dates during which to deposit at least half of the K75, 000.

“Aspiring Presidential candidates are required to deposit a minimum of 50 percent of the non-refundable nomination fees in the Electoral Commission bank accounts stipulated below from 10th to 17th May, 2016.

“It is clear if you don’t deposit half of the nomination fee in the stipulated ECZ account by the deadline, then you won’t stand,” he said.

Aspiring Presidential candidates should present to the Commission a bank deposit slip as proof of payment for inclusion on the Nomination Timetable. The balance should be deposited in the Electoral Commission bank account before Nomination Day,” Mr Afukuna said in his earlier press statement.

He said all aspiring Presidential candidates should ensure that they present to the Returning Officer bank deposit slip(s) as proof of full payment of the nomination fees with their nomination papers on the scheduled nomination day.

Mr Afukuna said the Commission would not receive any cash payments from aspiring Presidential candidates on the nomination day.

Meanwhile, UNIP Deputy Secretary General Alfred Banda said the party had paid half of the K 75,000 as stipulated by the ECZ and that the party would field Tilyenji Kaunda as their Presidential candidate and Njekwa Anamela as his running mate.

“I can confirm that we have paid the money and we do have the receipt. We were among the first people to pay.

“We are fielding comrade Tilyenji Kaunda as our Presidential candidate and Njekwa Anamela as his running mate. We are going to field candidates at all levels starting from Councillors, Members of Parliament (MPs), Mayors and we are ready for this election,” he said.

Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) president Mr Charles Milupi wondered what would happen if a candidate paid but failed to meet certain requirements such as the number of supporters.

Mr Milupi said the old process to file and pay for nominations at the Supreme Court was the best as a candidate would have readily met all the requirements unlike paying in the ECZ account.

UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma said that he needed to find out from the candidate as it was not the party that would foot the bill.

“I have to find out from the candidate. It’s not the party that pays the money but the candidate,” he said.

When contacted for a comment on the matter, Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi refused to talk to this reporter stating that she does not talk to the Daily Nation newspaper.

“I am sorry, my dear. I do not respond to the Daily Nation newspaper,” she said.

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25 COMMENTS

    • UNIP only have?

      The ECZ should have had ‘Terms of reference’.

      WHy chase them up,instead of applying the law as per TOF

      ECZ are compromised

      Thanks

      BB2014

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    • Mr Milupi answer to your question is simple. If you don’t meet the requirements by now you are not ready to run.
      I like the resilience of one TJ & his SG Njekwa. They have outspanned every politician on the scene.

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    • Surely this works against Mutati and the proposed MMD convention because the results of that convention will be too late. So PF prefers Nervous Mumba to stand instead of Mutati.

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    • UNIP’s participation is a lost cause. They could do better spending the money on street kids. How many MPs does UNIP have? A President without MPs is a non-starter as he will not be able to control Parliament.

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    • What was application fee for UPND presidential candidate? and if the party will not pay for thier candidates, what happens with other candiates after paying 5000, 1500 etc as application fees for MPs and concilors? my foot

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    • Kakoma says HH is still struggling to find the money after all he is the one standing !!

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    • Yes, Kudos even PF has not paid. Very soon Lungu will start interpreting the law saying only opposition parties should pay.

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  1. MY FELLOW COUNTRYMEN BE WARNED. LUNGU DOES NOT MEAN WELL FOR ZAMBIA. LUNGU HAS ALREADY MADE ZAMBIA A BAD COUNTRY. POLITICAL VIOLENCE AND RIOTS WERE UNHEARD OF IN OUR COUNTRY BEFORE LUNGU BECAME PRESIDENT, BUT NOW SUCH VIOLENCE AND VICTIMIZATION IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY. LUNGU IS DESPERATE. HE IS SPENDING OUR MONEY SELFISHLY ON VOTE – BUYING SO THAT HE BOUNCES BACK TO POWER EVEN IF ZAMBIANS HAVE REJECTED HIM. LET US ALL STAND UP AND VOTE FOR CHANGE. VOTE FOR PEACE AND SECURITY AND PROSPERITY OF OUR NATION. VOTE FOR HH AND UPND TEAM. VIVA CHANGE VIVA. ABASH LUNGU! ABASH CRIMINALS!

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  2. Unpd is broke. We ve head that gbm has stoped paying fo sh***t bcoz he is not guaranteed running mate fo lack of grade 12. Now hh is oso tired of paying fo o pipo who just join without contributing a ngwe. I doubt this party wil last another 5 yrs in opposition, that’s why they r so desperate now. They ve to b in Govt now o they r finished. That’s why they resort to insults.

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    • @Timbwi Grade 12 requirement still stands. However it does not hold if one has a higher qualification like a diploma etc. Timbwi please learn counter check data.

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    • Chakolwa has spent all his money on buying Moono (K2. 5m) and forgot to pay his fees.
      #ChagwaMustFall
      #PFmustGo

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  3. Why is ECZ emphasizing on cash, deposits and deposit slips? I thought these days it was easier to do a bank transfer via an online platform? One then mails the evidence to ECZ.

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  4. Milupi is very dull. “What happens if a candidate pays the nomination fee and then fails to meet other requirements?” end of quote. Mr. Milupi, for one to be an aspiring Candidate and they pay the nomination fee then they must be of good caliber and able to meet all the requirements. Simple. You talking like you are not a qualified engineer. Why put up Power transmission lines when you know you won’t have the Power source to generate the power to go through the transmission lines?

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  5. ECZ hasn’t got it’s own mind, someone else among the stakeholders has the bigger chunk to themselves. Watch the tables turn.

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  6. @truth no ECL means well its the party you belong to that is instigating violence so that you say that they is too much violence during pf rein. If Ecl didnt mean well he could have modt of upnd top.brass locked up. They have tried everything from instigating youths rise against government to even training maltias. We all have eyes and ears and we can judge for our selves. That is why i changed.

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  7. CONGLATULATIONS MR MULYOKELA HAS PAID THE DEPOSIT PROMISES TO PAY TO THE FULL AMOUNT OF 7500 KWACHA BY DUE DATE

    WELL DONE MR MULYOKELA YOU HAVE MY VOTE OF CONFIDENCE HH KUWAYAWAYAFYE

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  8. KOZI MO IS AUCTIONING HIS HILUX SURF AND TWO ROOMS IN KANYAMA TO MEET THE SHORT FALL OF 74000 kWACHA HE HAS MANAGED TO RAISE 1000 BUT STILL FIGHTING WITH LUSAKA BANKS AND CETZAM TO MEET THE 74000 KWACHA

    MEANWHILE THERE HAS BEEN A RECORD HIGH NUMBER OF REQUEST FOR CREDIT EVALUATIONS AND RATINGS FOR POLITICIANS MORGAGING HOUSE VANS AND CHICKEN RUNS TO MEET THE COST OF STANDING FOR COUNCILS MPS AND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

    HOOPS THE PASTOR HAS REPEATED HIS G&G MISTAKE IN JAMBO DRIVE KITWE WHERE HE WAS CONVINCED BY PASTOR TB JOSHUA THAT HE WINS THE ONLY BLESSING TO STOP HIM MORGAING HIS HOUSE AS MMD IS BACKGROUND IS…

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  9. THE INCONVENIENCING MWANSA MBULWANKWULIMA THE INCOMING MP FOR CHEMBE 2016 THOUGH EDGAR WINS CHEMBE

    THE PASTOR HOPES TO GET 40% MORGAGE FINANCE TO LAUNCH HIS COMPAIGNS THIS SUNDAY BUT THE BANK IS ONLY WILLING TO GIVE 70000 OUT OF THE TOTAL ELECTION EXPENDITURE OF 3000000 KWACHA

    I THINK THE EASIER OPTIONS IS TO RALLY BEHIND PF AND AVOID BEING FORECLOSED

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