Audit reaveals glaring irregularities in 2016 voters’ register

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ecz-logoThe 2016 voter’s register audit findings have shown that 132,837 voters on the voter’s register are sharing National Registration Card numbers while 2,555 people shared NRC numbers, names and dates of birth.

But the audit has not been able to show evidence to support the allegations of inclusion of suspected foreigners in the provisional register of voters because all the registration records have associated NRC numbers that conforms to the legal requirement.

The auditors however did not rule out the fact that it is possible for the Electoral Commission to register foreign nationals. The Commission has since invited political parties to inspect the provisional register and identify any non-Zambians who are on the list.

As a result of that call, two people have since been taken off the register.

The Electoral Commission of Zambia engaged external consultants from Kenya lead by Dismas Ong’ando who started working on the 5th of June up to 5th July this year.

And the audit has revealed that 492 people shared nearly full registration details with some variations on gender and district code on NRC number.

It has also established that 1,697,762 people representing 32 percent of the registered voters were added to the register as new voters while 142,383 were ineligible to vote and have been removed from the voter’s register.

This was disclosed during a stakeholders meeting in Lusaka organised by the Electoral Commission of Zambia.

Meanwhile, ECZ Chairperson Esau Chulu also disclosed that the register audit key findings show that there is no evidence that foreigners were added to the 2016 voter’s register.

Justice Chulu emphasised that the audit of the voter’s register was done transparently by foreign independent auditors between 5th June and 5th July 2016.

He said the ECZ has established that the existing penalties on election offences are inadequate with no penalties specifically related to the offence of multiple voter registrations.

He said the commission has since written to the Department of National Registration, Passports and Citizenship requesting for death records of citizens that were of voting age at the time of death.The Commission also wrote to the National Pensions Scheme Authority last month requesting for the records of citizens that were of voting age at the time of death.

NAPSA has since replied to the Commission which is also analyzing and processing the date availed to it.

Team leader Mr. Ong’ondi is a qualified Information Security Management Business Continuity Management IT Governance and was trained at the University of Nairobi, in Kenya.


12 Responses to Audit reaveals glaring irregularities in 2016 voters’ register

  1. Ineligible to vote due to what? Hope it not in opposition strongholds.

    Mr PF Violence. 2011-2016. RIP.
    July 13, 2016 at 11:21 am


      July 13, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    • Zambia still a peaceful democratic nation

      Amnesty International’s latest report slams Egypt for torture, “enforced disappearances”

      630 disappearances have been documented so far in 2016, according to Amnesty

      Amnesty: Hundreds ‘disappeared’ by Egyptian forces
      By Heba Moussa and Ian Lee, CNN

      Updated 5:38 AM ET, Wed July 13, 2016

      Omar Ayman Mohamed Mahmoud, Aser Mohamed, Karim abd el-Moaz and Nour Khalil (top left to bottom right) are just some of those who have disappeared, says Amnesty.

      Amnesty International’s latest report slams Egypt for torture, “enforced disappearances”
      630 disappearances have been documented so far in 2016, according to Amnesty
      Egyptian government says torture is illegal and all cases are prosecuted
      (CNN)”Officially, you do not exist.” That’s the alarming title of a new report published by Amnesty International alleging human rights violations occurring in Egypt.

      Activists say people are being detained without access to family or a lawyer, and held incommunicado without formal charges or a trial. They call it “enforced disappearances,” and in the first five months of 2016 alone, a suspected 630 of these have already been documented, Amnesty says.

      That amounts to an average of four or five people each day since 2015, according to the group. Half of these may never resurface.

      The 71-page report describes harrowing accounts of torture carried out by state agents. Some victims say they have been subjected to electrocution, blindfolding, beating, suspension by their arms and legs, and sexual abuse including rape. Some of those taken are children as young as 14-years old, the report alleges.
      ‘Electric shock wounds on lips, head’

      Aser Mohamed.
      Aser Mohamed.
      CNN interviewed the sister of 14-year-old Aser Mohamed, who was subjected to enforced disappearance. She alleged that Aser, who was arrested without a warrant, had experienced irreversible physical and mental suffering.

      “He had severe electric shock wounds on his lips, head, arms and chest,” his sister said. “They showed no mercy for the fact that he was only 14 years of age and even hung him by the wrists for a whole day till his arms gave in and dislocated.”

      Aser was originally taken away by officers who said they would question him for only a couple of hours. His family told Amnesty they had no contact with him, or news of his whereabouts, for the next 34 days.
      He was first summoned before a judge seven months later on July 12th, but the hearing was postponed due to his absence in court.
      Aser is currently locked up awaiting his new court hearing next month. As the authorities decide when he is allowed to attend court, this may also be postponed due to his absence.
      ‘All cases are prosecuted’
      Enforced disappearances are illegal in Egypt, and the Egyptian government says all cases are prosecuted. Authorities are required to refer arrested persons to the Public Prosecution within 24 hours of detention.
      Egypt activist: Human rights situation worse than ever.

      “Enforced disappearances are not a new phenomenon to Egypt, but it has increased dramatically” in the past couple of years, says Mohamed Lotfy, Executive Director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedom.
      “We believe the Egyptian government commits the crimes of enforced disappearances for two reasons. The first is to be able to extract a confession under torture from those persons who are detained in secret, and the second is to use the disappearances as a tool to spread fear among society.”

      Most of those forcibly disappeared re-emerge on charges related to terrorism. The defendants and families we spoke to deny these allegations.
      The treaty that covers crimes of this nature defines victims as someone who is deprived of their liberty, either through arrest or abduction, by authorized agents of the state. The disappearance may be concealed, and the government may refuse to acknowledge a victim’s whereabouts, placing the victim outside of the protection of the law.
      ‘Inhumane, animal-like violence’

      Egyptian citizens are not the only ones activists believe have been victim to Egypt’s extralegal disappearances. Earlier this year, Italian doctoral student Giulio Regeni’s body was found on the western outskirts of the capital, his corpse bearing signs of “inhumane, animal-like violence,” according to the Italian interior minister.
      Giulio Regeni's passport and ID raised questions over his disappearance.

      Giulio Regeni’s passport and ID raised questions over his disappearance.
      Although the abduction and cause of death remain inconclusive, the nature of this case bears all the hallmarks of the methods used by the Egyptian security forces, rights groups say. But Egyptian officials have strongly denied that security forces were involved, instead blaming a group of “evil” criminals.

      Unlike Regeni, the hundreds of disappeared Egyptians don’t have an embassy to take up their case. Many friends and relatives are left to search the police stations and prisons themselves, and hire lawyers to help.

      The message from the Egyptian government is clear: “if you are not with us, you are a terrorist,” says Mohamed Lotfy. He has witnessed the disappearance of a colleague, as well as the shutting down of other human rights organizations such as The Nadeem Center, which helped rehabilitate victims of torture. The center was forced to close its doors earlier this year for what the government says are illegal and unregistered practices.
      Egypt: Five years after a revolution.

      Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid told CNN torture is illegal in Egypt and all suspected cases of torture are prosecuted.
      He also said a committee was formed to investigate the allegations of enforced disappearances adding, “the Public Prosecution investigates all such allegations, and takes the appropriate legal procedures in every case to ensure that the law is enforced, and that those guilty of violations are held accountable.”
      Rights groups say they have seen no evidence to support this claim. The court hearings of hundreds like Aser Mohamed remain postponed; while other families are enforced to wait for word of their loved ones.

      July 13, 2016 at 4:46 pm

  2. Essau Chulu, you are a disgrace to the legal fraternity world over. How did you expect the auditors to identify foreign from a voters’ register. The task given to them was validate the documents you gave them and not to carry out forensic audit.

    As I write this peace Mumbi Phiri is addressing Malawians who have been registered to vote in Zambia

    Rachel Kaunda
    July 13, 2016 at 12:11 pm

  3. I now know why UPND keeps losing.
    You can’t keep insulting people who don’t support you when you know those who support you are few – how do you hope to increase the number? Those you insult they cannot move to join you after receiving your insults.
    Last time you said those who voted for PF were not thinking, and you go to them this time to ask for their vote, after your insult they should pay you a vote for that? No way.
    This is the reason why UPND will not gain the required numbers.

    July 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm


      July 13, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    • I voted PF last time with a view of continuity of the plans that Sata left. in the past 1.6 year things have gone so bad in the country. I can’t vote for PF again.

      July 14, 2016 at 12:10 am

  4. when are those arbonomarlities going to controlled so that there is time to audite the final one.Ecz are not realy doing they can we using voter’s cards for 2005 when people are dying chickens. we must be chernging registers every after 5years

    July 13, 2016 at 1:12 pm

  5. To be fair, I suggest all political parties to go through the 142,383 who were ineligible to vote and have been removed from the voter’s register for transparent reason and for all parties to be convinced.

    July 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm

  6. ? cry babys when are you going to stop crying bamamba

    July 13, 2016 at 2:42 pm

  7. no

    Benjamin mwansa
    July 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm

  8. It is such a shame that the 2016 voter’s register audit findings in Zambia have shown that 132,837 voters on the voter’s register are sharing National Registration Card numbers while 2,555 people shared NRC numbers, names and dates of birth. What this means is that there is a good number people ineligible to vote whose names are in the register.

    There is therefore need for corrective measures for voters in Zambia to prove their Identity in this year’s elections.

    We suggest that the names of all the people with questionable backgrounds should be published and stopped from voting next month.

    We do not want a situation where the courts will find that thousands of votes were illegal. When people ineligible to vote in elections do so the democratic system breaks down; elected officials lose legitimacy, and the people lose faith in the system. This is not want we want to happen in Zambia.
    We do not want to have an election fraud like what happens in some countries which I will not mention.
    We are therefore asking ECZ to do something about these irregularities before it is too late, because it is better late than never.
    If what we are requesting ECZ to do is not done, the right to vote guaranteed by the constitution and by the Zambian people will be under attack.
    Fellow citzens this great country is beyond each one of us individually. Lets uphold Zambia’s laws about Voters ID registration. This is our declaration.

    Dr Imasiku Liamunga
    July 14, 2016 at 5:49 am

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