Electoral officers, agents and monitors inspecting the Ballot Boxes at Rainbow Africa polling station in Livingstone yesterday shortly before the opening of the Polls yesterday. Picture by BRIAN HATYOKA
Electoral officers, agents and monitors inspecting the
Ballot Boxes at Rainbow Africa polling station in Livingstone
yesterday shortly before the opening of the Polls yesterday. Picture
by BRIAN HATYOKA

The Commission of Inquiry into Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence has closed its countrywide public sittings in Lusaka Province.

Commission Chairperson Munalula Lisimba officially closed the hearings in Chawama Constituency yesterday.

Justice Lisimba expressed happiness with the quantity and quality of the submissions countrywide.

He has since thanked the people of Zambia for their contributions to the commission.

And a petitioner Andsen Banda 61, a business man, submitted that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) was not professional in the manner it handled the 2016 elections saying there were irregularities.

He added that the playing field was not levelled.

And Leonard Kapungu aged 63, submitted that violence is caused by political parties who heavily fund political cadres to engage in the vice.

Mr Kapungu said most cadres are unemployment and that are instigated to get money from political leaders who fund them during campaigns.

He added that the cadres are forced to engage in violence for survival purposes as they are not employed.

He said character assassination by supporters of political party leaders was the order of the day a situation which he said was regrettable.

Meanwhile, the Commission will week hold special sittings for the Founding Fathers and Mothers and other senior citizens of Zambia.

The Munalula Lisimba-Led Commission was instituted to inquire among other matters into the voting patterns between 2006 and 2016 and establish the root causes of the patterns.

Furthermore, the Inquiry was also mandated to establish the role of political parties, traditional rulers, and the media in shaping voting patterns and instigation of violence among others.

President Edgar Lungu instituted the commission in October 2016 and through Statutory Instrument No. 60 of 2018, in exercise of the powers contained in section 3 of the Inquiries Act, extended the mandate of the Commission to 31st December, 2018 to conclude its work.

Prior to the extension, the Commission had by 30th June, 2018, covered eight (8) out of the country’s 10 provinces to receive oral and written submissions from members of the public.

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  1. Even if “Jesus” were to come in some regions, they cannot to it like in PETAUKE. They will still vote 100%. Reason? TRIBALISM. Quotes from Kambwili.

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    • I thought these were boxes the HALLUCINATING party were intercepting in trucks carrying nothing thinking they were “premarked ballot papers!” I am glad this NONSENSE has to come to an end from this TRIBAL PARTY.

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  2. Bunch of 1diots!!! Who doesn’t know the source of regional voting in Zambia to institute a commission. Go back to 1991 during the MMD ushering and see how the country voted. Then you understand where this issue has come from.

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  3. Every region in Zambia is tribal. We don’t have to paint others black while we know the truth. I ask can a Tonga win as MP in luapula? Or can a Lozi win in Kasama. Or can a bemba win in western province. It’s only in Southern where a chewa is MP and yet you label such people tribal when you the one reading this you are worse.

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  4. Wasting you time arguing with this bitter Sharon object. She is paid to do so, and she has no life commenting 29 times everyday. This exercise would have been nice if it was carried out by an independent entity not our compromised justices who seem to be part of the problem

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