*Alert* : *PS* *IMPOSING* *POLLING* *STAFF*
By Jeff Mbewe
THE patriotic front (PF) through the Provincia Permanent Secretaries (PS) has discarded all names for polling station assistants recruited by the local councils.
The responsibility of recruiting poll assistants is always done by the councils.
Two months ago all councils advertised for the recruitment of poll assistants and thousands of people submitted applications letters. The minimal requirement was Grade 12.
However, all the participants selected through the due process by the councils have been discarded. Thrown away and replaced. The PF through all Provincial Permanent secretaries and District Commissioners (DCs) have instead given the district returning officers lists of people to be poll assistants.
Independent investigators have confirmed that Central, western, northern, Luapula, Lusaka and southern province have already discarded the genuine poll staff lists.
It is therefore important for all opposition parties to reject the imposed lists containing PF cadres.
Let them probe and they will be shocked.
Let opposition parties quickly send their agents to go and scrutinise the lists of poll staff. Its only the PF members listed. They have manipulated everything.
Poll stuff are responsible of managing elections and report to the Returning Officer who is traditionally the Council Secretary or Town Clerk.
The staff is supposed to be neutral as they are expected to assists voters who cant understand the voting system. Poll staff also aid the blind or illiterate voters.
Zambia goes for elections on August 12, 2021.