The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has opened up Eight Centers to be operating on a 24-hour basis in Lusaka, apart from Lusaka Civic Centre, for Voter registration Exercise.
ECZ Acting Public Relations Manager Sylvia Bwalya has confirmed the development to ZNBC news in Lusaka today. Ms Bwalya stated that the move has been done to cater for more people who want to register as voters in Lusaka.
She has named the centers as Munali Boys Secondary school, Matero Community hall, Roma Parish in Mandevu constituency and Kabwata community hall. Ms Bwalya said others are Evelyn Hone collage, ECZ Education Centre in the show grounds, Twashuka primary in Kanyama and Chawama primary school.
She has explained that the Commission is monitoring other centers outside Lusaka which can be opened on a 24-hours basis for voter registration apart from the Civic Centers.
Ms. Bwalya alsdo said that there is an improvement in terms of staffing levels from last week after beefing up staff from those that have been recruited to do help with voter registration.
And Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo has advised political party cadres to refrain from unruly conduct as the law will not spare anyone.
And, Mr. Kampyongo says more police officers will however only be deployed in urban areas where there are reports of some unruly political cadres attempting to disrupt the voter registration exercise.
Mr. Kampyongo who is also Shiwang’andu Member of Parliament was speaking when he checked on the voter registration exercise at Kasangala and Kanakashi primary schools in Shiwang’andu District.
He commended residents for turning up in numbers to register as voters despite the long queues.
Mr. Kampyongo assured residents that the Electoral Commission of Zambia -ECZ- is addressing the challenges of inadequate manpower and equipment, urging those registering not to be discouraged.
The Shiwang’andu Law maker also directed Muchinga Ward councillor Fridah Mulenga to ensure the construction of the one by three classroom blocks at two primary schools are completed by December month end.
Mr. Kampyongo said there is no need for the construction to delay because materials have already been provided.
And Ms. Mulenga said she is working with other councillors in the constituency to ensure residents are sensitised on the importance to register as voters.