The ECZ conducted the 2011 Presidential, National Assembly and Local Government Elections on Tuesday 20th September 2011. The 2011 tripartite elections were the fifth general elections in Zambia after the reintroduction of the multiparty system in 1991.
During the 2011 elections, the Commission acted independently and this was reflected in the Commission’s determination to remain neutral and proactive in its approach to dialogue and engagement with stakeholders throughout the entire process.
Local monitors and International Observers commended the Commission for conducting the elections in a transparent manner. They found the elections to have been generally free and fair.
Several key factors contributed to the successful management of the elections. These include the independence of the Commission, the inclusion of various technological innovations such as the creation of a fully computerized biometric database of voters, , computerized results management system, nomination and accreditation process coupled with the deliberate establishment and maintenance of partnership with key stakeholders in the elections process like political parties, civil society, security forces and the media.
Additionally the changes in the comprehensive strategies for communication, training and voter education simplified and enhanced the processes.