The Electoral Commission of Zambia has maintained that it will allow the use of mobile cell phones inside the polling stations.
Organisations such as the MISA Zambia and Transparency International Zambia have written to the Commission to raise objections over
the decision to ban the use of mobile phones inside the polling stations.
But ECZ Spokesman Chris Akufuna explained that the ban is aimed at safeguarding the integrity and transparency of the electoral process.
Mr Akufuna said the Commission will however allow people to use their mobile phones outside the polling stations.
“What we are trying to do is to safeguard the process. Imagine having people answering calls inside the polling booths. That can cause chaos. People will be allowed to carry their phones inside the polling stations but they will not be allowed to use them,” Mr Akufuna said.
“We don’t want people using their phones to send whats ups of what is happening inside the polling stations,” he said.
He also explained that Journalists will not be allowed to do live cross overs inside the polling station saying those intending to file reports back to their newsrooms will be asked to do so outside the polling station.