We have not introduced new voting streams – ECZ

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The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says it has not introduced new voting seams to be used in Tuesday’s by-elections.

The Commission announced this in a statement below today ahead of the the by-elections where like in Chilanga, the opposition UPND has alleged that the ECZ wants to rig elections for the PF.

ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA
Elections House,
Haile Selassie Avenue,
PO Box 50274,
LUSAKA.
4th June 2018

PRESS RELEASE
(For immediate release)
ECZ HAS NOT INTRODUCED NEW POLLING STATION STREAMS
In view of the Press Release issued on 2nd June, 2018, the Commission would like to correct the perception created of new polling stations streams having been introduced for the 5thJune 2018 By-Elections. ECZ has not created any new polling streams. The 2016 Registered Voters per Polling District/Station listing is still valid and in use.
The Commission has in the past downscaled on the use of polling streams for By-Elections due to the low voter turnout trends. However, lessons have been drawn from the recent past By-elections of 24th April, 2018 and the following will be implemented (as stated in the Press Release of 2 June 2018):
The Commission will deploy Officers at stream – level in Chilanga and Chienge Districts (having met the threshold). Kindly take note that other districts do not meet the threshold.
a. In Chienge, Mununga Ward with a total of five (5) Polling Stations, two (2) stations namely Mununga Primary School and Kabwe Primary School will have two (2) voting streams each, with a total of 1,318 and 1,130 registered voters respectively.

b. The Chilanga Parliamentary By-elections will have 25 Polling Stations with the accompanying 60 Polling Streams.

Margaret Chimanse
Manager Public Relations
For/Chief Chief Electoral Officer
Electoral Commission of Zambia

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