By Hector Simfukwe

The Ministry of Health and the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) officials today met to discuss the way forward regarding how the 2021 general election will be held amidst the COVID 19 Pandemic.

The meeting resolved that ECZ should urgently constitutes a Technical Committee that will bring together different players who will come up with actionable points on how the August, 2021 elections will be conducted.

And Health Minister, Jonas Chanda said the committee should be above politics and focus on the health of the people.

Dr. Chanda said once the committee is constituted, there will be need for frequent updates to the public on the safety of Zambians before, during and after elections.

And Nshindano said the engagement is timely, as it will give a road map on how political activities will be conducted.

Meanwhile, Zambia has recorded 5-hundred and 24 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 related deaths, in the last 24 hours.

Dr. Chanda has announced the latest numbers in a statement on COVID-19 updates, availed in Lusaka to ZNBC news.

He said the new cases bring to 75-thousand and 27, the cumulative number of recorded cases. Cumulative number of deaths is now at 1-thousand and 31.

Dr. Chanda has since encouraged Zambians to continue adhering to Covid guideline.