The Electoral Commission of Zambia says the cost of holding parliamentary bye elections varies depending on the location and the size of the constituency.
ECZ Director Priscilla Isaacs said the Commission does not spend anything less than K 5 billion in running a bye election.
Ms. Isaacs said the recent Lukulu West and Kapiri constituency bye elections cost the Commission a whopping K 11 billion.
She said June 20 Feira bye election will gobble another whopping K 7.7 billion.
“For June 20, we are also doing eleven ward bye elections and the cost is around K 7.7 billion unrebased, the cost varies per constituency but we don’t spend anything less than K 5 billion,” she said.
Mrs. Isaacs was speaking in Lusaka when the ECZ hosted a media luncheon for Journalists drawn from different parts of the country.
Going by the same statistics, it means that the four July by-elections will cost ECZ more than K20 billion.
But this is just the money which is spent by ECZ. The Government officials including ailing dictator Michael Sata spend billions in campaigns.