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ECZ differs with Wina on voter registration, postpones the exercise

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The Electoral Commission of Zambia, (ECZ) says all the voters on the old register will need to transition to the new one by visiting registration centers during the mobile registration period, in contrast to what was said by Republican Vice President, Inonge Wina.

Last week, Wina told parliament that the commission will not completely discard the old voters register, but will only remove those that have died from the roll, but the commission says this is not so.

Meanwhile, ECZ has postponed the mobile voter registration exercise for the second time in less than two months.

ECZ Chief Electoral Officer, Patrick Nshindano speaking during a press confernce this afternoon, pointed out that the exercise will now take place from 9th November to 13th December 2020.

The 30 days exercise, which was initially slated to commence on 19th October, was recently moved to between 28th October and 30th November, 2020.

Nshindano has attributed this postponement to the extension of the period of the mobile issuance of National Registration Cards, NRCs. He said the commission wants to ensure all eligible voters are captured hence allowing for the issuance of NRCs exercise to end before starting the voter registration exercise.

Meanwhile, the government recently extended phase two of the mobile issuance of national registration cards for 5 days, which will see the programme end on 4th November 2020.

The exercise was supposed to end on October 30, but because of logistical challenges in movement of materials, it has been extended.

Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo said the extension of the exercise is owing to the logistical challenges during the movement of materials and equipment.

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