About Electoral Commission of Zambia

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.

To be a model electoral management body that meets the aspirations of the Zambian people.

An independent and autonomous constitutional body that delivers credible elections.


The Chairperson, Members, Management and Staff of the ECZ are committed to:

Transparency: We are committed to ensuring the transparency of the electoral process and delivery of credible elections at all times.

Impartiality: We guarantee impartiality in service delivery to stakeholders in the electoral process.

Tolerance: Our staff members embrace tolerance of individual views and opinions and exercise flexibility in the conduct of their duties.

Openness: The organisation thrives on openness for fresh ideas.

Team work: Our staff work together to achieve organisational objectives.

Legislative Mandate

Constitutional Mandate

The Electoral Commission of Zambia is an autonomous Constitutional body responsible for organising and conducting elections in Zambia.  Under Article 229 (2) of the Constitution, the Commission has the mandate to carry out the following functions:

  1. Implement the electoral process;
  2. Conduct elections and referenda;
  3. Register voters;
  4. Settle minor electoral disputes, as prescribed;
  5. Regulate the conduct of voters and candidates;
  6. Accredit observers and election agents, as prescribed;
  7. Delimit electoral boundaries; and
  8. Perform such other functions as prescribed.

Statutory Mandate

The Electoral Process Act No. 35 of 2016 empowers the Commission in the following statutory functions to perform:

  1. To make regulations providing for the registration of voters and for the manner of conducting elections;
  2. To constitute conflict management committees and appoint conflict management officers for purposes of resolving electoral disputes;
  3. To administer and enforce the Electoral Process Act, and the Electoral Code of Conduct;
  4. To correct mistakes committed by electoral officers in the tabulation of results within seven days of the declaration of the results;
  5. To disqualify a political party or candidate in breach of the Code;
  6. To provide voter education.