Zambian government unlikely to allow parallel votes tabulation

The Zambian government says it will have to authorise any parallel tabulation of votes in this year’s general elections because the system has the potential to cause confusion Zambia.

Government spokesperson Ronnie Shikapwasha has told a government newspaper the Daily Mail that any organisation wishing to conduct parallel vote tabulation during this year’s general elections will have to write to Government and wait for the application to be considered.

Shikapwasha said in Lusaka on February 10 that in 2001, one of the foreign observer organisations that monitored the general elections conducted a parallel vote count and declared a person who did not win the presidential poll as the victor.

He said this nearly caused anarchy in the country therefore to avoid such a thing from happening again, anyone who wishes to conduct such an exercise must have authority from Government.

“Parallel vote tabulations usually cause confusion. In 2001, a foreign organisation conducted its own vote tabulation, which brought confusion in the country. The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) is the only institution authorised to tabulate votes in Zambia,” he said.

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