ECZ has no money for continuos registration of voters

The electoral commission of Zambia (ECZ)  says it has no money to conduct the continuos registration of voters.
ECZ chairperson Justice Florence Mumba says government has only allocated K5billion in this year’s budget for the exercise.justice mumba
She said that that amount is nothing as the commission requires k48 billion to copnduct the exercise.
Justice Mumba was speaking during the second symposium with Members of Parliament, at the Mulungushi international conference centre Monday morning.
Justice Mumba says government has a lot to do in order to make the continuous voter registration exercise a reality.

Justice Mumba explained that despite the law allowing for the continuous voter registration having been  in place since 2001, eight years down the line, the law has still not been implemented due to lack of funds.
She says in 2002, the commission submitted a budget of k52 billion of which only k300 million was approved, k962 million in 2003, while no funds were allocated in 2005 and 2006.
Justice Mumba adds that in 2007, a budget of 199 billion was submitted to the ministry of finance and national planning and only k84 million was approved, with no allocation being provided in 2008.
Justice Mumba appealed to Members of Parliament to ensure that the commission is funded adequately for the successful implementation of continuous voter registration exercise.
And justice Mumba has called on parliamentarians to take interest in the current status of the department of the national registration whose register is still manual.
She says the national registration office is one institution that the commission needs to consult with regularly to ensure that the voters’ register is current.

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