The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has extended the voter registration exercise by four days. The exercise which was scheduled to end on December 12, 2020 will end on December 20, 2020.
Speaking during the Press Briefing in Lusaka today, ECZ Chief Electoral Officer Kryticous Nshindano said the extended voter registration exercise will commence on Thursday December 17, 2020 for a period of four days up to midnight on Sunday December 20, 2020.
He stated that during the voter registration extension, special attention will be given to all civic centers in all the 116 districts and registration centers which had high numbers of eligible voters.
Mr Nshindano further stated that the Commission has registered six million, four hundred and seven thousand, seven hundred and fifty two (6,407,752) voters for the entire period of the registration exercise out of their target of registering nine million.
A consortium of civil society organisations yesterday called on the Commission to consider a 3 day extension in order to allow other processes such as cleaning of the provisional register, inspection, verification and an audit before the certification could be done before nomination processes.
BELOW IS THE FULL STATEMENT BY THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA:
15th December, 2020
MEDIA BRIEFING ADDRESSED BY THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER MR KRYTICOUS P. NSHINDANO ON VOTER REGISTRATION ON TUESDAY 15TH DECEMBER, 2020 HELD AT THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA
Staff of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ)
Ladies and gentlemen
On behalf of the Commission, I wish to welcome you all to this briefing and to the ECZ.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The purpose of this briefing is to update you on the statistics of the eligible voters captured and the timeframe for the extension of the voter registration exercise. The Commission is pleased to announce that the extended voter registration will now commence on Thursday 17th December, 2020 for a period of 4 days up to midnight on Sunday 20th December 2020 in all the 116 districts throughout the country.
In arriving at the 4 day extension, the Commission has taken into consideration the need to capture as many eligible voters as possible while taking into consideration the electoral calendar towards the 12th August 2021 General Election.
During this voter Registration Extension special attention will be given to all civic centres in the 116 districts and Registration centres which had high numbers of eligible voters.
To recap, the Commission had captured a total of 4,321,319 registered voters during phase 1, 2 and 3 of the exercise. The consolidated figure for phase 4 is 2,086,433 registered voters, bringing the total number of registered voters for the entire period of the Voter Registration Exercise to 6,407,752.
STATISTICS OF THE VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE BY PHASES
Phase 1: 1,106, 000
Phase 2: 1, 598,426
Phase 3: 1, 616,893
Phase 4: 2, 086,433
Total : 6,407,752
Statistical Comparison with Previous Voter Registration
Allow me to mention that the Commission is highly encouraged by the numbers captured during this voter registration period. 76.1 percent of the eligible voters (8.4 million) has been captured. Members of the Press may wish to note that the current register of 6,698,372 voters was compiled over a period of 11 years from 2005 to 2016. From 2005 to 2016, the Commission had been updating the Register of Voters of which about 1.4 million are deceased bringing the number to approximately 5.3 million.
The Commission would like to appeal to all those who had not registered during the last 30 days of voter registration to make extra effort to do so during the 4 day extended voter registration period.
Voter Registration for Persons in Lawful Custody
Voter registration for persons in lawful custody which commenced on Wednesday 9th December 2020 and concluded on Saturday 12th December, 2020 has also been extended for 4 days.
Out of a targeted number of 16,000 eligible persons in lawful custody, the Commission registered a total number of 11,359 (71%). The Commission has been encouraged by the response from the persons in lawful custody to register as voters.
As I conclude, may I share with you the revised electoral calendar which is as follows.
The Commission wishes to extend its appreciation to the general citizenry who have turned up in large numbers to register as voters, political parties, church groups and all stakeholders.
I thank you and God bless you