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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

ECZ Will Not Be Allowed To Conduct Another Sham Election In 2021

Columns ECZ Will Not Be Allowed To Conduct Another Sham Election In...

By: Anthony Bwalya – UPND Member.

 Case of Section 66 of Part VI of the Electoral Process Act, No. 35 of 2016.

Earlier today, Mubita C. Nawa and I took a detailed concern and proposal to the Electoral Commission of Zambia, highlighting what has been the non adherence, illegal and deliberate failure on the ECZ to fulfill a clear mandatory and obligatory requirement to RECONCILE ballot papers at a Polling Station even before an individual is declared winner.

Please note, that the current Declaration of the Result of the Poll form DOES NOT fulfill the legal requirement to conduct a ballot paper reconciliation at the end of an election before a winner is announced.

See example of Lukashya below.

We have previously had complaints of stuffed ballot papers and foreign ballot boxes being flown into remote polling stations via military aircraft.

In 2021, Zambians must not and will not allow the incumbent government or the ECZ to manipulate the vote of the people or they will be courting incalculable trouble.

The ECZ, therefore, as per legal requirement, will:

  1. Declare the total number of ballot papers, including any extras, assigned to any given polling station based on the total number of registered voters attributable to that particular polling station.
  2. Reconcile the total number of ballot papers at the END of an election count, to the total number of ballot papers assigned to any given polling station at the START of an election.

This exercise shall take place at the polling station even before a winner is announced, as is the legal requirement.

We have noticed that the ECZ, deliberately fails to account for UNUSED ballot papers, thereby making it impossible to determine the presence of foreign ballot papers at a polling station.

Section 66 of Part VI of the Electoral Process Act, No. 35 of 2016 clearly has enough safeguards in place to guard against the introduction of foreign ballot papers at a polling station, and yet this provision of the law is sidestepped on purpose by the ECZ.

This form of illiterate accounting will not and must not be tolerated at the 2021 general election, and we shall ensure that the law is followed to the latter.

24 COMMENTS

  1. Who are you to be saying what you are saying? Probably, the law should visit you for trying to go against a legally constituted body. It is about time anarchists like Anthony Habwalya were visited by the law.

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  2. Gr8! Let’s keep enhancing Accountability. ECZ must abide by the law/constitution. Any reasonable Zambian should have no problem with this call.

  3. Lungu appoints the ECZ boss and and con court judges ……..

    Opposition have very little chance against the through bred career crook…Lungu.

    Unless forigne election observers are fully embedded in the ECZ election process …….forget.

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  4. Only a fool would accept a 3 digit rounded figure as a valid election result(like 600 in the recent by-election). Ballot counts ending in zeros are a red flag or clear indication that something is wrong . This electoral fraud is known all over the world.
    “Appealing” (integer or round) values usual serve as strong statistical evidence for falsification .

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  5. Only a dull person would accept a 3 digit rounded figure as a valid election result(like 600 in the recent by-election). Ballot counts ending in zeros are a red flag or clear indication that something is wrong . This electoral fraud is known all over the world.
    “Appealing” (integer or round) values usual serve as strong statistical evidence for falsification .

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  6. NO NEED FOR ALL THAT SUSPICION. THE FOLLOWING MEASURES ARE ENOUGH:
    1. ARRIVE EARLY AT THE POLLING STATION TO WITNESS THE OPENING OF THE EMPTY BALLOT BOXES THUS ALLEYING YOUR FEARS OF STUFFED BOXES. EVERY BOX IS OPENED IN THE PRESENCE OF AGENTS.
    2. YOUR AGENTS ARE ALWAYS GIVEN A REGISTER OF REGISTERED VOTERS AT THE POLLING STATION. ENSURE THAT EVERY VOTER COMING TO VOTE IS ON THE REGISTER.
    3. JUST COUNT FROM YOUR REGISTER HOW MANY VOTERS CAME. THATS ALL.
    4. IF ONLY 10 PEOPLE CAME THATS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE UNUSED CARDS IS NOT IMPORTANT AT THAT TIME.
    5. AND PLEASE SEND AGENTS WHO ARE EDUCATED AND KNOW ARITHMETIC. NOT ILLITERATE CADRES. WHO COME TO DRINK CHIBUKU.
    UNLESS YOUR AGENTS WERE DULL, OR WERE DRINKING CHIBUKU ON DUTY. THIS FOOLISHNESS OF CRYING AFTER…

  7. Sesa 600 votes for the ruling party, while UPND got 0 vote, the figures are just too round to be true, at this poling station even the poling agents for the opposition party did not vote from there, I thought during elections people manning that poling station are allowed to vote at the same poling station they are working from, so they ware also pf through and through?

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  8. Hanthony the rabied donkey, it is not about sham election. The problem you have in your ever losing party is a sham leader in HH. The chap has mastered the art of losing. In fact I think he should set up a course at unza called loser management and lecture there.

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  9. The opposition must be prepared for a 3 layered electrol malpractice from lungu……

    To begin with , he will command massive political violence and intimidation to keep the opposition preoccupied …..here there is need for video evidence.

    While the opposition are licking their wounds and complaining , there is a massive PF voters registration data base ready to be thrown in……here observers have to be sharpens look out for delays in counting and announcing…

    The other component will be hacking the electrol database…..again the opposition must insist on competent observers of ECZ systems….

    Don’t forget , the opposition are up against the whole GRZ marchinery as lungu is using the whole GRZ.

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  10. For me, the only thing I want ECZ to do is to improve the policing of Elections, DMMU cant continue hoodwinking ECZ and the people that they are distributing food in areas with elections genuinely, even a baby would know that there is no truth in that, I am not sure if this is in the mandate of ECZ but is it not in their right to question why ZNBC is abused by one party to the disadvantage of others. Even if there is no law compelling ECZ to stop some of these things, atleast they should show concern and they can even move a private motion in parliament to support their concerns. This institution cant continue being a lame duck, for the avoidance of doubt I am PF, but a very objective and fair one

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  11. I was discussing with friends in the US that in the last Chilubi elections, opposition leaders were ejected out of Chilubi by Police because a republican president would be in the area, They were utterly shocked and asked me if the body manning elections allowed that, and they were even shocked that in the last Presidential elections some opposition helicopters were not allowed to go to some provinces because the President was there and yet these provinces are vast and they can all be accommodated,they asked me if we do not know that world moved from stone age to iron age to computer age and now to the digital age.

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  12. @Independent
    Are you saying then that, instead of having what looks like rounded off numbers, we should have the exact opposite? Instead of having 600 as the total number of votes for PF in Sesa, ECZ should change that to 601 or 611 to make it look less suspicious? Will that not be tinkering with the vote outcome? Besides, will that still satisfy those that say elections are rigged? I doubt very much. What, if indeed it was 600 people that voted for PF ? In addition, is what is being pointed out about Sesa the emerging pattern of votes cast for the PF in all wards in Mwansabombwe and Lukashya for people to claim the elections were rigged? Have we not had this before in an opposition stronghold? Is it not better to look at the global or total picture before people say there was rigging?

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  13. @Kapena. Please, read this about what happened in the US on June 1, 2020

    On June 1, 2020, amid the George Floyd protests in Washington, D.C., law enforcement officers used tear gas and other riot control tactics to forcefully clear peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square and surrounding streets, creating a path for President Donald Trump and senior administration officials to walk from the White House to St. John’s Episcopal Church.[1][2][3] Trump held up a Bible and posed for a photo op in front of Ashburton House (the church’s parish house), which had been damaged by a fire during protests the night before.

  14. This PF government has mastered the art of rigging. From the look of things this government is capable of starting a civil war just to remain in power. They have made a lot of money through criminal means and so they want to defend the plunder at any cost

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  15. What kind of job Anthony Bealls do, he can make a good lecturer. But could have reduced font by to have last line on same page.
    Anthony is doing better job that those childish of ZWD Clayton and that styupidy soldier in UK who costed UPND the 100,000 votes losing margin.

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  16. UPND amazes me. Their approach to politics is the same as advertising a tender for bullets in a newspaper while your enemies have overrun your borders and air space. So slow, lethargic and reactive – they have learnt nothing in the many years they’ve been witness to mismanagement, corruption and incompetence in the government they want to replace. This high brow approach is doing nothing for the party. I support neither PF nor UPND and see no more than a circus for what used to be a country with so much promise.

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  17. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans

    Invest in live streaming cameras with recording capability all polling stations…ive stream everything at your central command and on Facebook… solicit the support of Facebook, YouTube and and Google to help in the digital streaming on their platforms. They will help out for free.

    UPND being reactive and complaining after the fact will do no good to them or the nation. What is at stake here is much bigger to be left at the fate of and discretion of PF and their ECZ sycophants to do the right thing. They will never do because Lungu and his minions would want to illegally rule this country until his death.

    There’s no doubt Lungu manipulated and stole the last 2 elections from HH and UPND. We don’t have a vigilante citizenry and civil society like we used to have under FTJ’s MMD…

  18. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans

    …We don’t have a vigilante citizenry and civil society like we used to have under FTJ’s MMD (remember those who stopped his 3rd term?).

    Right now Lungu is ineligible for the 3rd term but they want to react after he’s on the ballot paper. All signs are that next year’s elections will be rigged judging by the unlevel playing fields. Go hard, organise mass revolt proactively and prepare to be arrested if you want to stand a chance.

  19. Zambia’s largest single gathering of dunderheads is the UPND. The UPND since Hichilema took over has never contributed anything positive to the governance of the country, they’re only good at pointing out faults. They have resisted anything positive but have never made any proposals, I don’t know how they’ll govern the country if at all by some miracle Kadansa finds himself in Plot 1. Please acquaint yourselves with how these institutions work and find ways of engaging them. Govt institutions don’t respond to press statements, especially senseless ones from the likes of UPND. Has Kadansa ever visited the ECZ? These institutions aren’t your enemies, find ways to work with them if you’re serious about winning elections. Otherwise forget and continue to antagonize them at your own…

  20. I thought these round figures are synonymous to votting pattern and results in the southern province! Before anyone talks about synonymity, first, stop the rigging and tribal votting in southern province where upnd does not even bother to campaign at any level of electoral voting. This is because the southerners chose for fellow southerners in advance. You must be fuuls if you think other provinces are not taking a leaf from you.

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