We Will Conduct Voter Education Programmes in Newly Created Districts While Drawing on Support From ‘Parent’ Districts – Emma Mwiinga

Manager Voter Education has said that Voter Education activities must be well coordinated and will be conducted with efficiency and precision while ensuring accountability. She spoke at the training for District Election Staff ahead of planned by-elections.

The Commission has prescribed Thursday 26th July, 2018 as the date on which to hold the Mayoral elections in Lusaka and Council Chairpersons’ elections in Chilanga, Chasefu, Chipangali, Kasenengwa, Lumezi, Lusangazi and Chifunabuli districts. The Commission will on the same date hold by-elections in Chachacha, Lwambazi, Kangwena, Kanongesha, Kanyama and Looma wards.

The Commission in ensuring that District Electoral Officers, Returning Officers, Assistant Returning Officers and District Election Trainers are provided with the requisite skills and tooling ahead of the upcoming by-elections is conducting training for the District Election Staff which began on Thursday 14th June, 2018 and will be completed on Wednesday 27th June, 2018 at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lusaka. About 160 election Staff are in attendance to participate in the intensive training programme.

The Mayoral and Council Chairpersons’ elections have been necessitated following the death of Lusaka Mayor, Mr. Wilson Chisala Kalumba and the death of Chilanga Council Chairperson Mrs, Maria Malila and the declaration of Chasefu, Chipangali, Kasenengwa, Lumezi, Lusangazi and Chifunabuli as districts by the President of the Republic of Zambia.

The By-elections in the six (6) wards have been necessitated by resignations and deaths of Councillors in the named wards.