2nd Press Briefing: Zambia Elections Poll day

ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA

Elections House,

Haile Selassie Avenue,

PO Box 50274,

LUSAKA.

11th   August, 2016.

PRESS BRIEFING BY THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER, MS. PRISCILLA ISAAC

17:00 HOURS AT MULUNGUSHI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE ON 11TH AUGUST 2016

Accredited Monitors and Observers,
Members of the Press,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

I welcome you all to this second briefing at the National Election Results Centre.
Opening of Polling stations 

The Commission wishes to confirm that voting in the following polling stations   which opened late as a result of terrain challenges which led to the late delivery of materials is in progress.
a) Nalolo district  

Silowana Ward polling stations 

Yamakumba Ward and 

Shekela Ward

b) Sioma district

Liandamo Ward

Mbume Ward

The   lost time at the opening of these polling stations   will be compensated.
Fading Official Marks
The Commission has started distributing ink pads to some polling stations to supplement the fading official mark in addition to the instruction to the poll staff to put the word ‘official’ at the back of the ballot paper. All the ballot papers which were cast with faded official marks are valid and will be considered in the count. 

Clarification on Serenje –Arrest of Mr Philip Kosamu 
The Commission has received a report from the police about the incidence in Serenje involving Aspiring Candidate for Serenje Central Constituency Mr Philip Kosamu. The report from the police is that after Mr Kosamu cast his vote, he remained within the precincts of the polling station and he was seen talking to people on the queue. It is at this moment that he raised alarm among the voters who reported him to the police. This matter is being handled by the police.

Missing Voters on the Register
The Commission has received some reports of voters who are in possession of voter’s cards but are missing on the register. Most of these voters called the Commission toll free number and have been redirected to their rightful polling streams. 

The Commission however regrets that some voters were placed in wrong polling stations during the voter registration exercise on account of similarities in the polling station names e.g. Voters who applied to register at St Marys in Lusaka were registered under St Marys in Nakonde and further, the affected voters did not verify their details during the inspection period otherwise their details would have been checked and corrected.  

Peaceful Environment

The environment in the country continues to be calm and peaceful as people vote. I wish to encourage all Zambians to remain calm throughout the whole process as we transition into the counting of votes after the closure of the polls, until the results are announced and declared. 

Conclusion
 I urge all registered voters who have not yet voted to go and vote. Polling stations are scheduled to close at 18:00hrs however, those voters who will be in the queue by 18:00hrs will be allowed to vote. Uniformed staff will stand behind the last person in the queue at 18:00hrs. Those Polling stations that opened late will remain open after 18:00hrs for the same period.

NOTE: The next briefing will be at 21:00 hours today.

  4 comments for “2nd Press Briefing: Zambia Elections Poll day

  1. August 11, 2016 at 20:01

    to all my fellow zambians,lets all remain peaceful before and after the process.lets all remember that only one person goes to state house and therefore ts not worth fighting for if our preferred candidates dont make it,we all have children and families to take of after the voting is over , therefore remember your obligations to ur children and parents,Never in the history of violence have leaders been victims nor there immediate families in the aftermath of voting.Is it worth dying or being injured for……its our country and the only one God gave us.You better off in a ur country that is peaceful than a slave like runner in a foriegn country.?…….#onezambiaonepeople#@#@

  2. Alex
    August 11, 2016 at 20:27

    Keep us updated ecz

  3. YUMBE CHIKOYE
    August 12, 2016 at 01:02

    THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS AND GUIDE YOU ALL TILL EVERYTHING IS DONE. WE PUT OUR TRUST IN YOU.1 – Z – 1 – N!

  4. Teddy Bwalya
    August 13, 2016 at 17:45

    I would like to congratulate the staff at ECZ for doing a tremendous job.You are taking this voting process professionally and patrioticaly.May God had life to your souls

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