THE United Party for National Development(UPND) has urged the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to consider increasing the allocated number of days for the on-going voter registration exercise from the current 46 days to 90 days.
In an interview given to Zibani reporter, UPND Lusaka Province Youth Chairperson, Anderson Banda accused ECZ Electoral Officer, Patrick Nshindano of failing to listen to the numerous concerns that have been raised by various stakeholders and the general citizenry.
Mr Banda noted that it would only be prudent that ECZ heeds to calls from the public and quickly extend the voter registration period as the exercise has been marred with numerous lapses.
“The ECZ had continued to exhibit high levels of arrogance by insisting that they would not extend the voter registration period but it is in the interest of the Zambian people that the Commission considers increasing the number of days for the exercise,” charged Mr Banda.
He said registering more people will ensure Zambia avoids the 2016 scenario where President Lungu emerged victorious with 100,000 votes, which the UPND described as a smaller margin.
“The ECZ must remove personal interest in the process by getting to the roundtable with stakeholders. If they don’t do that, they will disadvantage the people who are eligible to vote which will lead to ushering into office a minority president, ” said Banda.
So far Zibani Zambia statistics show that ECZ has registered around 2,717,003 votes since the process started.