- July 21, 2022
- Posted by: Kiss Abraham
- Category: 2022 By-election, By Election, Press Release, Press Releases, Public Notice
(For Immediate release)
BY-ELECTION FOR LUANGWA COUNCIL CHAIRPERSON
Notice is hereby given to the general public that the Electoral Commission of Zambia has prescribed Thursday 15th September, 2022 as the date on which to hold the Luangwa Council Chairperson by-election in Luangwa Town Council of Lusaka Province. The polls will take place from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours.
Nominations for the said by-election will be conducted on Thursday, 25th August, 2022.
The vacancy in Luangwa District is as a result of the dismissal of the appeal on 24th June, 2022 by the Constitutional Court. Earlier, the Local Government Tribunal nullified the Luangwa Council Chairperson’s seat on 24th September 2021. The seat was held by Mr. Lawrence Shaba of the Patriotic Front (PF).
Aspiring candidates in the by-election 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 for Oaths, Election Officer or returning officer on Thursday, 25th August, 2022 between 09:00 hours and 15:00 hours.
Male aspiring candidates for the Council Chairperson by-election will be required to pay Three Thousand Five Hundred Kwacha (K3,500), while Female and Youth aspiring candidates are expected to pay Three Thousand Kwacha (K3,000) non-refundable nomination fee.
All Candidates in the by-election must also present certified copies of their Grade 12 Certificates, as a minimum academic qualification or equivalent.
In view of this, the Commission wishes to advise aspiring candidates who may wish to contest in this by-election 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 district which will take place from Monday 22nd August to Wednesday 24th August 2022 for Nominations and Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th September 2022 for the Polls. Accreditation for participating political party officials/representatives of candidates wishing to monitor elections in the district shall only be up to a maximum of 10 members per political party/candidate.
Please note that only a maximum of 5 accredited members per political party/candidate and two accredited representatives of NGOs shall be authorised to represent their respective political parties/candidates or NGOs at the Collation Centre (Totaling Centre).
Only five (5) senior officials of any participating political party/candidate 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 meter parameter from the Nomination Centre in accordance with the law.
Note that the campaign period for these elections commences on Thursday 25th August, 2022 after 15:00 hours and will end at 18:00 hours on Wednesday, 14th September, 2022. All political parties/candidates are expected to adhere to the provisions of the Electoral Code of Conduct that is contained in the schedule of the Electoral Process Act No.35 of 2016.
In addition, not more than two (2) political party members/candidate representatives per participating political party/candidate shall be allowed to witness counting of votes at the Polling Station.
Council Chairperson’s by-election:
PROVINCE – Lusaka
DISTRICT – Luangwa
For any clarification, please contact the Corporate Affairs Department on 0211 252208 or the Luangwa District Electoral Officer.
Corporate Affairs Manager
ELECTORAL COMMISION OF ZAMBIA
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