The Zambia Statistics Agency (ZAMSTATS) has cleared some air regarding the number of elligible voter in the country as Zambia plans for the General Elections set for August of 2021, saying it is critical to understand the population in question.
The agency says in respect of a number of considerations, the 47 percent age structure was applied to all projected district populations and aggregated to come up with an estimate of 8,414,839 eligible voters.
Meanwhile, the body says among the critical factors for conducting an election is data on the population that is eligible to vote forms a basis for a voter’s registration process.
ZAMSTATS adds that prior to commencement of the voter’s registration exercise, there has been debate on the voter eligibility population in the country.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia put the figure at nine (9) million people as eligible voters while other quarters has have put the figure at 7.2 million. There have also been suggestions that the figure should be higher than 9 million.
From a legal perspective, only ZamStats has the authority on official statistical matters in the country. This is in line with the Statistics Act no. 13 of 2018, Part II, Section 7(1) and I quote “The Agency is the sole designated entity responsible for the publication of official statistics”.
These statistics include population statistics by age, sex, geographical location such as rural or urban as well as voter eligibility in any year. From this perspective only a statistical figure issued by the Agency is admissible in such national matters. In this respective, the Agency would like to provide guidance on the matter of estimated eligible population for 2021.