The Board has suspended Shepherd Chilombe for his unilateral action to declare that the 2016 General Elections were not free and fair contrary to the monitoring information available to the institution.
The Board established that Chilombe’s intentions were unknown, and his unilateral action was unprofessional and threatened the integrity of FODEP.
FODEP monitored the elections and dispatched monitors to polling stations countrywide.
In his statement Chilombe alleged that there were serious errors in the vote tallying for the presidential election.
Mr. Chilombe is said to have used an isolated single incident at St Patrick’s Basic School Polling Station in Kabwata constituency, where there were clashes between two political parties, to arrive at his decision.
Mr. Chilombe is said to have ignored wide information available to him but chose to promote a private and selfish agenda.
But monitors and observers including those from FODEP stated that the results announced by Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) was consistent with their information from their Parallel Voter Tabulation Reports (PVTR) and monitors in their field.
Zambia Elections Information Centre (ZEIC), Father Leornard Chiti said the data received from its observers was consistent and accurate with results announced by the ECZ.
And the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG), an alliance of four faith based organisations
formed to help promote credible elections through non-partisan citizen monitoring also stated that the results announced by EVZ was accuraye and consistent with its monitors.
The CCMG partner organisations are: Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ); Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ); Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflections (JCTR); and Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), formerly the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC), through Caritas Zambia. CCMG was founded ahead of the 20th January 2015 presidential by-election. CCMG is strictly non-partisan.
As part of its overall monitoring effort, CCMG conducted a parallel vote tabulation (PVT) for the
2016 presidential election. PVT isthe most sophisticated citizen observation methodology. It employs statistics and information and communication technologies (ICTs) with monitors deployed to a representative sample of polling streams and polling stations reporting in near real time using coded text messages via mobile phones.
The Church PVT, therefore, helped to ensure that the official presidential results as announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) reflect the ballots cast by voters at polling stations.