ECZ drops only one foreigner from voter register

The Electoral Commission of Zambia has deregistered only one foreigner from the Register of voters out of the thousands of foreigners that are alleged to have been registered by the outgoing PF government.
Four other Zambians have been removed from the register of which one is reported to be under age.
Addressing a media briefing in Lusaka today (Thursday), ECZ Spokesperson Chris Akufuna said the 5 persons namely Joyce Kalumbu, Elias Mwewa, Killion Zulu, Vetaris Muziya and Ethel Nchiminya have been deleted from the register of voters following objections filed by members of the public regarding the retention of their names on the voters register after the ‘inspection’ exercise which took place from 15th to 25th May 2016.
The deleted voters are from Mwinilunga, Bangweulu, Feira, Chipata and Pemba consistencies respectively.
Akufuna explained that Killion Zulu registered under Feira constituency was established to be a foreigner from Mozambique and was found to be under age while the other three had NRCs belonging to other persons.
He said criminal investigations have since been instituted against the named offenders.
Akufuna claimed that the Commission was not aware of Malawi nationals having registered as voters adding that ECZ can only act when information is authenticated.
Thousands of foreigners from Malawi, Mozambique, Congo DR and other neighbouring countries are believed to have been registered by the PF government to help them rig this year’s elections.

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