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COUNCIL CHAIRPERSON’S ELECTION FOR LUPOSOSHI DISTRICT, PARLIAMENTARY AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT BY-ELECTIONS FOR MANGANGO CONSTITUENCY AND FOUR (4) LOCAL GOVERNMENT WARDS
Notice is hereby given to the general public that the Electoral Commission of Zambia has prescribed Tuesday, 20th November, 2018 as the date on which to hold the Council Chairperson’s Election in Lupososhi District and Parliamentary by-election in Mangango Constituency of Kaoma District. On the same date, the Commission will also conduct Four (4) Local Government by-elections in Chisanga Ward of Ngabwe District, Lusinde Ward of Petauke District, Nkhanka Ward in Chama District and Tumvwanganai Ward of Solwezi District.
The Election in Lupososhi is as a result of the creation of the new District, while the by-election in Mangango Constituency (Kaoma District) and Nkhanka Ward has been necessitated following the death of the incumbent Member of Parliament and Councillor. The vacancies in Chisanga, Lusinde and Tumvwanganai wards are as a result of resignations and deaths of councillors.
The polls will take place from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours.
Aspiring candidates in the by-elections should lodge completed and attested statutory declaration and nomination papers subscribed before a Magistrate, Local Court Magistrate, Head of a Government Primary or Secondary School, Principal of a College, Commissioner of Oaths, Election Officer or Returning Officer on Tuesday 16th October, 2018 between 09:00 hours and 15:00 hours.
Aspiring candidates for the Parliamentary by-election in Lupososhi District and Mangango Constituency should take along with them fifteen (15) supporters who must be registered voters in the respective District or Constituency. The supporters must have in their possession their green national registration cards and voters’ cards. Aspiring candidates for the Council Chairperson’s election will be required to pay Two Thousand Kwacha (K2,000.00), while aspiring Parliamentary candidates will be required to pay Seven Thousand, Five Hundred Kwacha (K7,500), non-refundable nomination fee.
Aspiring candidates in the Local Government by-elections should take along with them nine (9) supporters who must be registered voters in the affected wards. Aspiring candidates will be required to pay Seven Hundred and fifty Kwacha (K750.00), for City and Municipal Councils and Four Hundred Kwacha (K400.00) for District Councils, non-refundable nomination fee.
Candidates for the Council Chairperson election, Parliamentary and the Four (4) ward By-elections must also have obtained, as a minimum academic qualification, a grade twelve certificate or its equivalent (Certified copies).
In view of this, the Commission wishes to advise aspiring candidates who may wish to contest in these elections and by-elections that failure to comply with these requirements shall render the nomination papers null and void.
Media Personnel and Registered Non-Governmental Organisations wishing to monitor/observe the elections are advised to apply for accreditation in the respective districts which will take place from 10th October to 16th November, 2018.
Accreditation for political party officials wishing to monitor elections in the districts/ wards shall only be up to a maximum of 10 members per political party.
Please note that only a maximum of 5 accredited members per political party and two accredited representatives of NGOs shall be authorised to represent their respective political parties or NGOs at the Collation Centre (Totalling Centre).
Only five (5) senior officials of any participating political party with Electoral Commission of Zambia accreditation will be allowed to accompany aspiring candidates into the Nomination Centre during the filing of nominations. The rest of the supporters should remain outside the 400 metre parameter from the Nomination Centre, in accordance with the law.
Note that the campaign period for these elections commences on Tuesday 16th October, 2018 after 15:00 hours and will end at 18:00 hours on Monday, 19th November, 2018.
In addition, not more than two (2) political party members per participating political party shall be allowed to witness counting of votes at the Polling Station.
Council Chairperson’s Election and Parliamentary By-Election.
For any clarification, please contact the Public Relations Department on 0211 252208 or the District Electoral Officers in the respective districts.
Public Relations Manager
ELECTORAL COMMISION OF ZAMBIA