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ECZ dismisses allegations of favouring UPND Strongholds

Headlines ECZ dismisses allegations of favouring UPND Strongholds

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has dismissed allegation leveled against the commission by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that data collected by some CSOs on the ongoing voter registration has revealed that the exercise in most UPND strongholds like southern province is faster compared to other provinces that are perceived as such.

In a statement released to the media, the commission said that it would not condone the public profiling of its staff aimed at discrediting ECZ and that the decisions the commission makes are not done by the individuals.

Below is the full statement by ECZ

Yesterday at a joint media briefing, the CSOs accused ECZ of manipulating the voter registration exercise through the unfair distribution of registration kits.

Speaking on behalf of the CSOs, Young African Leaders Initiative –YALI- President, Andrew Ntewewe has since called for the dismissal of ECZ- Manager for Elections, Winnar Mwanamonga and Voter Education Manager, Emmah Mwiinga who they believe are responsible for the unfair manipulation of the electoral process.

Mr. Ntewewe says persons in charge of elections and voter education within the commission have distributed more registration kits to southern province as compared to other provinces with similar voting population, a situation he says is bound to plunge the country into chaos.
He has since challenged the Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairman Esau Chulu and Director of Elections Patrick Nshindano to come out clean and explain how these registrations kits were unfairly allocated.

And the same briefing, Advocates for National Development and Democracy Executive Director, Samson Banda says the ECZ must take these allegations seriously and act immediately as this action may endanger the peace of the country.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Is it true that Southern Province has been allocated more kits than Lusaka or Copperbelt? If so, let Nshindano explain the discrepancies than just issuing blanket statements in his message of refuting the allegations. As Chief Executive Officer of the Conmission he should be careful and be on top of things and his staff activities. Otherwise, he will be the only one to blame. Let him verify the alleged numbers of the kits in the mentioned provinces. He will loose nothing by verifying as there’s no smoke without fire.

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  2. @.Moses and John. This tells you that this man is not up to the job. If he a woman, I would have called him a bimbo, because how did he get this job?

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  3. Patrick is a man of integrity. Look at the NGOs complaining. Are they not the same that were on top of Bill10? He has clearly explained that there are considerations they use. There is nowhere were it says Southern Province has more kits than Copperbelt or Lusaka. Other provinces could be Western or Luapula. Let the man do his job Please.

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  4. Fact and get another proof that Southern province is well organized. Even Kampyongo disaster NRC thing, in Southern province the hard working people of there just organized themselves and all went well.
    ECZ are disappointed that’s all… Find another way…

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  5. You look at the pattern, southern province has a high voter turn out hence extra equipment and staff is needed to capture the voters who come out ready from the get go. ECZ should register the cows too…..kikikiki

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  6. RESILIENCE – IS WHEN THEY GIVE YOU LEMONS YOU MAKE LEMONADE AND SALE IT TO THEM.
    RESILIENCE – IS WHEN THEY BEEFING , YOU TURN THEIR BEEF IT STACKS OF BEEF STAKES AND SALE IT TO THEM.

    THESE PF CADERS ARE NOW SOUNDING LIKE TRUMP’S “PROUD BOYS”.

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  7. These GONGOs (Government NGOs) are just paid to remove the pressure mounted by Zambians on ECZ’s poor administration of the voter registration exercise in Zambia. These GONGOs want to misdirect people to start debating a none issue by trying to bring tribalism and regional favours in the voter registration instead of pushing ECZ to address the numerous challenges Zambians will face due to the poor and defective decisions taken by ECZ in handling the whole voter registration process! Dont be fooled by these GONGOs and Ntewewe!! This fake accusation is a strategy to launder ECZ and to avoid real issues facing potential voters in this poorly administered voter registration process! Whenever a failure emerges PF surrogates look for opposition or tribalism to blame.

  8. They are always complaining about something, remember from climate change they went to blame HH on privatization issues, of which privatization was purely a government program which can in no way be placed on one mans shoulder unless with massive ignorance or just malice, then they moved to covid and from covid they put the blame on failed bill 10 and they have already moved to blame ECZ on the distribution of kits

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  9. Learn the work ethic of those who are making it. Don’t complain on behalf of those who are failures. It is a very simple thesis. Ntewewe and company are a busload of losers — simply put.

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  10. It’s very painful when people that are supposed to support these institutions make such wild allegations. Let’s not destroy these institutions. If ECZ goes down the drainage all of us will be affected. So let’s guard against such attacks. ECZ is our institution, whether we’re in Government or not. So I don’t support any attacks on ECZ

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