Patriotic Front Finance committee chairman Alexander Chikwanda says the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has to be commended as opposed to pilling abuse and derision on the hardworking men and women whom the country has entrusted to run elections.

Mr Chikwanda, the former finance minister, said the voter registration process has proceeded exceedingly well and mentioned that the 9 million voter registration projection set by the ECZ was only an assumption of the actual number of eligible voters on the ground.

“There was commotion and anxieties, some veritable, some quite misplaced at the onset of voters registration. The voter registration process, has, however, proceeded exceedingly well. At inception of the voter registration, a sort of mysterious figure of 9 million voters was used as a benchmark. There is need to put things in context,” Chikwanda said.

“As no census has taken place yet, the population of Zambia of 18 million is an estimate. Population projections are reasonably accurate with low percentage errors. The assumption that is debatable is that there are 9 million eligible voters. The structure of our population is such that the segment below 18 years is about 60% which means those entitled to register as voters are about 40% of the 18 million population or 7.2 million.”

Mr Chikwanda has since congratulated the PF party structures throughout the country for the mobilization of people to register in such impressive larger numbers with minimal supervision from the top.