UPND demands for increased manpower for voter registration exercise

Dr Musokotwane

The United Party for National Development (UPND) has demanded for immediate increase in the number of Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) officials conducting the voter registration exercise to avoid disfranchising eligible citizens in next year’s general elections.
UPND parliamentary whip Situmbeko Musokotwane says the lack of adequate manpower and equipment at polling stations especially in rural areas was disappointing and called on the elections body to consider maintaining the current voters register which has more than 6 million voters and concentrate on new voters to reach the target of 9 million voters.
He said reports reaching his office from UPND Members of Parliament across the country provide a gloomy picture of the exercise hence the need for the commission to put its act in order and serve the nation in accordance with its mandate.
Dr Musokotwane indicated that reports from his constituency of Liuwa indicate challenges such as faulty machines, dry ink and faulty generators resulting in only 13 people obtaining new voters cards at one polling station in a day.
“The exercise is very slow as ECZ has only dispatched one poll officer to each polling station who is doing all the activities such as taking down details, biometrics and laminating which is quite too much for an individual. We demand as members of Parliament of the UPND that the ECZ immediately dispatches more manpower to the stations to make the process more effective,” Dr Musokotwane said.
He further charged that the failure by the government to conduct the nationwide census exercise due to lack of funds has not helped matters as the country was operating on guess work in as far as the number of eligible voters is concerned. Zambia has for the first time failed to conduct census which is conducted every ten (10) years.
Dr Musokotwane charged that the ECZ was broke because they spent a lot of resources on PF induced by-elections.

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    THE REAL PRIVATIZATION THIEVES 2 weeks ago

    ECZ BELONGS TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THE GOVERNMENT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA.

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    The issue of staff increase at voter registration centres is obvious and common knowledge. Stop making noise. You simply have no issue to talk about.

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    Zedpoorpeople 3 weeks ago

    This pf we are talking about. UPND needs to step up its game. ECZ is PF and the other way round.

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    Ngoma Yamaano 3 weeks ago

    Kalaba, do you really want UPND to panicky based on fear that there are some senior UPND members who are secretly supporting Tayali to oust HH from being a presidential candidate of UPND in the 2021 elections? If indeed there are some senior UPND members willing to be bought by Tayali to betray UPND leadership, what will stop such characters from betraying any new UPND presidential candidate? It is not wise to use witch hunting and huts of cards in deciding about the leader of a major opposition party. For now we know Tayali has been paid to try to remove HH from being a 2021 presidential candidate knowing well that HH will win any free and fair elections in 2021

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    Ngoma Yamaano 3 weeks ago

    Bo Munyenge Munyenge, let the voters decide who will win the 2021 elections through free and fair elections. The vote is a secret vote. So why are you denying Tongas the opportunity to compete for the position of president of Zambia? So you dont want any Tonga to lead any political party in Zambia? Stop wasting people’s time with your tribal bigotry.

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    Bo MUNYENGE MUNYENGE 3 weeks ago

    Enermies of progress always trying to tarnish the image of the president and his ministers,for your own information Freedom Sikazwe has been in the transport industry for a long time since the time he used to work for Copperbelt Energy Corporation(CEC).He used own a lot of buses in the 1990s and 2000s in Nkana East Kitwe.So what can stop him from buying trucks? jealous will kiss you guys!!!! To ECL, hon Sikazwe AND Hon Katambo, dont let these enermies of progress distract you in your work.You are doing a great job and come 2021 the zambian people will give you another mandate.People dont want to put a privatization thief in state house,he might end up selling the victoria falls and Kafue National park to mention just a few.

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      upnd cadre 3 weeks ago

      Bamudala ba muskotwane it is your time to replace HH. He will not be appearing on the ballot because the public lawyer TAYALI is working on his case. Lets try u or Gary.

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    Bo MUNYENGE MUNYENGE 3 weeks ago

    UPND is a party of failures, how can they allow a person who has been kissing cow dung in presidential elections continue to be nominated.The people of zambia have rejected him several times.My advise to the UPND if they want to form government in 2026 is that they should not allow HH stand on the UPND ticket come 2021, let a non tonga person stand.As long as they have a tonga person in control of UPND then forget about forming government.For now the people of zambia are satifield with the eadership of ECL AND WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE WITH ECL COME 2021.

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    Ngoma Yamaano 3 weeks ago

    Kalaba, deal with the subject matter of inefficiency of ECZ in administering voter registration. Dreaming of Tayali knocking off HH from the 2021 presidential elections should be reserved for fools paradise!

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      KALABA 3 weeks ago

      Ngoma yamano….. do not ignore Tayali on this. He just knocked out Kambwili. HH wil be knocked out too. The problem is that within UPND there are senior members who are secretly supporting Tayali to oust HH.

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    KALABA 3 weeks ago

    UPND should start looking for new presidential candidate. Tayali is knocking out HH of the 2021 race for plot 1.

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      Tatilalungu 3 weeks ago

      Wen did he become a witch , before buying trunks or after, this are bad men Lingu put closer to him , May in the same Club, tayali is on payroll ,