Livingstone City Council has exceeded its target of capturing 10, 000 new voters during the mobile voter registration exercise since June 21st to September 18, 2010 by over a thousand.
Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Livingstone District Registration Officer Nelson Sakala said the tourist capital registered 11, 449 new voters, recorded 10, 898 people updating personal details on their voters’ cards and 21 death notifications.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Livingstone today, Mr. Sakala attributed the positive development to re-opening of Victoria Hall and Mujala registration centres and active participation of other stakeholders in the voter education activities carried out.
He said ECZ was impressed with the turn out of new voters in Livingstone but urged the officers charged with the responsibility of issuing National Registration Cards (NRCs) to execute their duties efficiently if more people were expected to register as voters.
Mr. Sakala said issuing of new NRCs and replacement of lost ones was being done at a slow rate and this had impacted negatively of the number of people registering as voters.
He also revealed that a Registration Officer would be stationed at the Livingstone City Council’s Committee Room to continue with the registration of voters until December 2010, as soon as further instructions were issued and urged those that were left out to take advantage of the opportunity.