THE Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and Advocacy for National Development and Democracy (ANDD) has raised a red flag over the conduct of Managers in charge of elections and voter education for manipulating the voter registration process.
Speaking during a media briefing this morning at Mika Lodge, YALI President Andrew Ntewewe called for the dismissal of Electoral Commission of Zambia managers who made unfair distribution of registration kits to tilt towards the strongholds for the United Party for National Development (UPND).
Mr Mwanangomba and Ms. Mwiinga allocated 308 registration kits to Southern Province while allocating smaller numbers to provinces like Copperbelt (227 kits) and Luapula (217 kits) which has the highest number of registered voters.
Mr. Ntewewe said free and fair elections must begin with a registration process that is free from manipulation and offers fair opportunities for all Zambians and regions to register as voter.
“The Commission seem not to be doing very well with registering voters in manner that is free from manipulation and fairness accorded to all citizens. The Commission must come out clean and explain how these registrations kits were unfairly allocated,” said Ntewewe
The CSOs observed that in areas which appear to be strongholds of the United Party for National Development (UPND), the registration process of voters is taking less than 4.5minutes – 6 minutes for one voter to register while in Lusaka, Coppebelt, Eastern and Luapula is taking 10 to 15 minutes.
And ANDD Coordinator Samuel Banda said the ECZ is deliberately doing acts which are meant to disadvantage the PF as a leading contender in their stronghold while advantaging the opposition UPND. He said such behaviour is unacceptable.