ECZ targets to register nine million voters

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The Electoral Commission of Zambia -ECZ- says it is targeting to register Nine million voters ahead of the 2021 general elections.

ECZ Chief Electoral Officer, Patrick Nshindano says a new voter’ register will be used in the forthcoming general elections.

He said the Commission will start the countrywide registration of eligible voters in May this year.

Mr Nshindano further explained that from the estimated 18 million population, ECZ is targeting to register 9 million eligible voters.

He said ECZ has put in place a robust countrywide sensitization campaign programme.

Mr Nshindano explained that ECZ will use three systems during the voter registration exercise which include mobile, online and stationary registration.

He said the Commission decided to come up with a new voter register following recommendations made during the post 2016 general elections review.

Mr Nshindano pointed out that the 2016 voter registration was contentious as stakeholders and political parties raised a number of concerns.

He said among the concerns raised was that the 2016 voter register contained names of foreigners.

Meanwhile, he clarified that the old voter’s cards should not be discarded as they remain valid till next year.

He indicated that the old cards can be used in an event of a by-election stating that the new voter register will only be effective in 2021.