The Commission of Inquiry into the voting patterns and violence in general elections has started its sittings in Lusaka province.
The sittings, which are at Nakatindi Hall at the civic centre in Lusaka, attracted media houses, as well as members of the public, who will be making their submissions.
And Speaking during the official opening of the sittings, Commission Chairperson, Justice Munalula Lisimba urged people to turn out in numbers and make submissions.
Justice Lisimba said the commission is ready to get submissions from Lusaka before proceeding to other parts of the country.
And speaking at the same occasion, Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary, Charles Sipanje said it is good that the commission has started sittings in Lusaka.
Mr Sipanje explained that Lusaka province was not spared from the electoral violence, hence the need to find a solution.
In a speech read on his behalf by Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary, Mutinta Hachiboya, Mr Sipanje added that if the violence is allowed to continue, it may take away from the democratic gains made since independence.
The 15-member commission, appointed by President Edgar Lungu on October 21, 2016 and sworn in on October 28, will sit in Lusaka up to Wednesday, December 28, 2016.
The mandate of the commission is to inquire into the voting patterns in the general elections, conducted from 2006 to August 2016.