It’s November 8 for Mufumbwe bye-election

THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has set Thursday November 8, 2012 as the date for the Mufumbwe Parliamentary by-election.

Eight Local Government by-elections will also be held on the same day around the country.

This follows the expulsion of MMD Member of Parliament, Steven Masumba, who was punished by his party for accepting a ministerial position in the Patriotic Front (PF) Government.

Mr Masumba has since defected to the PF.

ECZ Senior Public Relations Officer, Sylvia Bwalya said in a statement yesterday that the vacancies in the eight wards were as a result of resignations, deaths, defections or imprisonment of councillors.

The polls will take place from 06:00 to 18:00 hours.

Aspiring candidates in the by-elections should lodge completed and attested statutory declaration and nomination papers subscribed before a Magistrate, Local Court magistrate, Head of a Government Primary or Secondary School, Principal of a College on October 11, 2012 between 09:00 and 15:00 hours.

 Ms Bwalya said candidates for the Mufumbwe Parliamentary seat should take along with them nine supporters who must be registered voters in the constituency.

She said the supporters must produce their green national registration cards and voters’ cards while aspiring candidates would be required to pay K500, 000.00 non-refundable nomination fee.

 She said aspiring candidates in the Local Government by-elections should take along with them nine supporters who must be registered voters in the affected wards.

Aspiring candidates in the local government elections would be required to pay K100, 000 for city councils, K75, 000 for municipal councils and K50, 000 for district councils.

Ms Bwalya said that the campaign period for the elections would start from October 11 after 15:00 hours and will end at 06:00 hours on Tuesday November 6, 2012.

  She said all media personnel and registered Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) intending to monitor or observe the elections should to apply for accreditation from the ECZ from Monday October 15 to Thursday November 1, 2012.

Accreditation for political party officials wishing to monitor elections in the constituency shall only be up to a maximum of 10 members per political party.

She said that only a maximum of five accredited members per political party and two accredited representatives of NGOs would be authorised to represent their respective political parties or NGOs at the Collation Centre.

In addition, not more than two political party members per participating political party shall be allowed to witness counting of votes at the Polling Station.

The local government by-elections would take place in Kanona ward in Kabwe, Msambazi in Petauke, Kabansa in Kawambwa, Mabili in Mongu and Rufunsa in Chongwe. Others Mulanda in Chilubi, Chilumba in Mpulungu and Chiyeke in Chavumba.

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