The 2016 voter’s register audit findings have shown that 132,837 voters on the voter’s register are sharing National Registration Card numbers while 2,555 people shared NRC numbers, names and dates of birth.
The audit has not been able to show evidence to support the allegations of inclusion of suspected foreigners in the provisional register of voters because all the registration records have associated NRC numbers that conforms to the legal requirement.
The auditors however did not rule out the fact that it is possible for the Electoral Commission to register foreign nationals.The Commission has since invited political parties to inspect the provisional register and identify any non-Zambians who are on the list.
As a result of that call, two people have since been taken off the register.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia engaged external consultants from Kenya lead by Dismas Ong’ando who started working on the 5th of June up to 5th July this year.
And the audit has revealed that 492 people shared nearly full registration details with some variations on gender and district code on NRC number.
It has also established that 1,697,762 people representing 32 percent of the registered voters were added to the register as new voters while 142,383 were ineligible to vote and have been removed from the voter’s register.
This was disclosed during a stakeholders meeting in Lusaka organised by the Electoral Commission of Zambia.
Meanwhile, ECZ Chairperson Esau Chulu also disclosed that the register audit key findings show that there is no evidence that foreigners were added to the 2016 voter’s register.
Justice Chulu emphasised that the audit of the voter’s register was done transparently by foreign independent auditors between 5th June and 5th July 2016.
He said the ECZ has established that the existing penalties on election offences are inadequate with no penalties specifically related to the offence of multiple voter registrations.
He said the commission has since written to the Department of National Registration, Passports and Citizenship requesting for death records of citizens that were of voting age at the time of death.The Commission also wrote to the National Pensions Scheme Authority last month requesting for the records of citizens that were of voting age at the time of death.
NAPSA has since replied to the Commission which is also analysing and processing the date availed to it.
Team leader Mr. Ong’ondi is a qualified Information Security Management Business Continuity Management IT Governance and was trained at the University of Nairobi, in Kenya.