ECZ not postponing elections set for next year

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The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has maintained that the elections set for next year will go on as planned.

As stated by the Commission the preparations are going on and ECZ has since disclosed that the timetable is being put up.

According to the Commission, the cancelling of elections could be a violation of the country’s Constitution, and as such the electoral body will not be postponing the polls.

The Commission’s public relations manager Margaret Chimanse recently announced that the Commission had rescheduled the elections calendar.

“Following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that has affected the day-to-day life of citizens (health, social and economy), the Commission wishes to announce that it is reviewing the roadmap for elections, and will soon advise stakeholders and the general public the commencement date for all the electoral processes leading up to the 2021 general elections,” Chimanse said in a statement.

ECZ said they are monitoring the situation with view to prepare the necessary modalities that need to be taken care of to make sure that elections are held without fail.

“The Commission is monitoring events closely as the pandemic unfolds and is therefore re-aligning its elections calendar. As a consequence, the voter registration exercise that was scheduled to commence in May will commence on a date to be advised,” she said.

To make sure that the polls proceed well despite the coronavirus pandemic, ECZ has maintained that the preventive measures will be put in place and enforced.

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