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Electoral Commission of Zambia
Electoral Commission of Zambia

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) is currently hosting a delegation of women at the ECZ Voter Education Resource Centre (VERC) in the Lusaka Showgrounds.

The Participants who are drawn from the private sector, Faith Based Organisations, Public Sector and ECZ are taking part in the information session on Women & Elections as part of the commemoration of Women's Month.

The Purpose of the event is to sensitise women on the importance of women's participation in the electoral process.

Among the topics discussed is 'Understanding the Results Management Procedure'.

The VERC is open on week days from 08.00hrs to 17.00 hours. Members of the public who wish to engage the Commission on the electoral process can visit the VERC free of charge.
Electoral Commission of Zambia
Electoral Commission of Zambia
The Electoral Environment
19th March, 2019

• Campaigns are proceeding peacefully in Kafue District, Bahati and Roan Constituencies, and in the seven (7) Wards in Chama, Chavuma, Itezhi tezhi, Kabwe, Mansa, Mitete and Mungwi districts.

• Applications for poll staff are still being received in the respective districts with the closing date on Friday 22 March, 2019. Those with past experience in conducting elections are encouraged to apply.

• The UPND and PF, the parties contesting the Council Chairperson By-Election in Kafue, have submitted their campaign timetables.

• Political Party branches in the other districts are encouraged to submit their campaign timetables now to the Zambia Police to ensure peaceful campaigns.

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An electoral system is a set of rules on how votes are converted into seats for political or civic authority. 
The purpose of an electoral system is to translate the will of the people to decide on who should be President, Members of Parliament, Mayors/Council Chairpersons and Councillors. 
The Electoral System in Zambia is twofold; majoritarian and simple majority or first past the post. 

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The Commission is an independent and autonomous Electoral Management Body (EMB) established in 1996. Since its establishment, the Commission has delivered five (5) General Elections (in 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016), two (2) Presidential Elections (in 2008 and 2015) and several National Assembly and Local Government by-elections. 

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Voters are persons eligible to vote in an election. The role of voters is to choose representatives by casting ballots in an election. Voters should be Zambian citizens, aged 18 and above, in possession of a green National Registration Card and a Voter’s Card. In order to vote, they must be registered in the polling station appearing on their Voters’ Card. They must also appear in the Register of Voters for that particular polling station.

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Candidates seek political power by participating in elections and campaigning for support from voters. Political parties and candidates are expected to adhere to all the electoral procedures and laws, including the Electoral Code of Conduct (ECC) which they should subscribe to through the Declaration of Compliance to the Electoral Code of Conduct. 

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Election Officials

The role of monitors and observers is to gather, examine and evaluate information relating to the electoral process. During an electoral activity, a monitor plays an active role by intervening and bringing to the attention of the Presiding Officer, Returning Officer or any senior electoral official matters of concern that may arise.  Observers play a passive role and are concerned with making an informed judgment on the credibility, legitimacy and transparency of the electoral process. An observer/monitor may inform the Commission in writing of any observed electoral malpractices.