The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) is the autonomous electoral management body for the Republic of Zambia. The ECZ was established in 1996 under article 76 of the Constitution of Zambia.
Electoral Commission Act 24 of 1996 provides for the composition of Electoral Commission and its operations. The Commission consist of a Chairperson and not more than four other members appointed by the President, subject to ratification by the National Assembly (Section 4 (1) (b)), for a term not exceeding Seven years. In addition, it sets out the circumstances under which the President may remove a member of the Commission.
The Chairperson of the Commission shall be a person who has held, or qualified to hold high judicial office or any other suitably qualified person.
Where as the Chairman and members of the Commission constitute the policy making body, the Electoral Commission Act 24 provides for the Commission to appoint a Director who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission and is responsible for:
The Director is assisted by such staff as the Commission appoints by statutory instrument on such terms and conditions as the Commission determines.
Hon. Justice Mr. Esau E. Chulu – Commissioner
Justice Esau Elliot Chulu was appointed Commissioner at the Electoral Commission of Zambia in December 2009.
Before he was appointed Commissioner, he was an Advocate of the High Court and Supreme Court of Zambia and held various positions namely; he was judge in charge of both commercial and general lists- high court, Lusaka; member of the editorial board of council of law reporting; he was chairperson of the Bar/Bench committee, chairperson of the Legal Aid Board; former chief Legal Counsel- Zambian Consolidated Copper Mines Limited (ZCCM). Justice Chulu is also a former lecturer- professional conduct and ethics at Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE).
He is a member of the commonwealth magistrates and judges Association (CMJA).
He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) obtained from the University of Zambia- UNZA. And a Masters in Law (LLM) obtained from the London school of economics and political science (LSE) United Kingdom (UK).
Hon. Justice Mr. Mushabati – Commissioner
Justice Christopher Sichimwa Mushabati was appointed Commissioner at the Electoral Commission of Zambia on 8th November, 2012. Before he was appointed Commissioner, he was serving and still serving as a member of the Judicial Complaints Authority, to which he was appointed in April, 2011. He is a retired Supreme Court Judge who as High Court Judge served in the following stations; Mongu, Livingstone and Lusaka. In both stations he served as Judge In-charge. He further served on the Board of Council of Law reporting as a member. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree obtained from the University of Zambia in 1978. Prior to his joining the Judiciary as a Magistrate, he served as a Teacher from July 1962 to August, 1971 in Livingstone.
Dr. Ng’andu – Commissioner
Dr. Fredrick Ng’andu was appointed Commissioner at the Electoral Commission of Zambia on 8th November, 2012.
Before his appointment as Commissioner, Dr. Ng’andu served as Dean in the School of Law at the University of Zambia from 2000 to 2004. He also served as Registrar of the Zambian Open University from 2006 to 2012. Additionally Dr. Ng’angu served as a member of the board of the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) and member of the Judicial Service Commission.
Mrs. Priscilla Mulenga Isaac - Director
Mrs. Priscilla Mulenga Isaac joined the Commission in 2000 as Public Relation Officer and rose to the position of Deputy Director Elections and Voter Education in 2002. She held the position until December 2010 when she began acting as Director. She was appointed Director of Elections on 1st April 2011. Mrs Isaac has a vast experience in election management having participated in the 2001 and 2006 tripartite elections as well as the 2008 Presidential Elections. She has also had the privilege to observe many elections in the SADC region and beyond. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology and Public Administration and a Degree in Law.
Chomba Chella - Deputy Director - Elections
Mr. Chomba Chella joined the Electoral Commission of Zambia in 2012 as Deputy Director – Elections. The Elections Department has the responsibility to lead the strategic thrust of the operations (management and conduct of elections, staff training and deployment, materials, equipment distribution and other electoral logistics) of the Electoral Commission as approved by the Commission. As head of the Elections Department, he is responsible for the development and implementation of the Commission’s electoral operation’s strategies and programmes for the attainment of ECZ’s strategic objectives.
Joseline Mubita - Deputy Director of Voter Education
Mrs Joseline Mubita joined the ECZ in July 2005 as manager election and voter education. She held the position till mid April 2011 when the commission decided to make voter education a department on its own as it was under the elections department and appointed her deputy director of voter education. Her department plans and develops the actual implementation and monitoring of voter education activities throughout the country. She ensures that electorate are educated adequately for them to be able to participate in elections. Mrs Mubita is involved in the training of election officers and is also in charge of the conduct of voter education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education obtained from the University of Zambia and is an accredited BRIDGE (building resources in democracy governance and elections) facilitator.
Humphrey Himwaaba -Deputy Director of Finance
Mr Humphrey Himwaaba joined the Electoral Commission of Zambia on 1st march 2011 as Deputy Director of Finance and heads the Finance Department at the Commission.
Before he joined the Commission, he worked for the Action Aid Zambia where he was head of finance. He also worked as head of finance and accounting at Energy Regulation Board and Audit Senior at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).
He holds a Bachelor Degree of Accountancy obtained from the Copperbelt University of Zambia and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountant (ZICA).
Brown Kasaro – Deputy Director – Information Technology
Mr Brown Kasaro joined the ECZ in 2006 and now heads the Information Technology Department of the ECZ. Besides managing the Commissions’ ICT infrastructure, he is also in charge of Voter Registration, and Boundary Delimitation. Mr. Kasaro is an IT professional with over 10 years experience and holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Zambia. He has vast experience in election results management, candidate registration and biometric based digital voter registration as well as optical mark recognition (OMR) based solutions in the management of the electoral process.
Eric Kamwi - Commission Secretary
Mr Eric Kamwi joined the ECZ in June 2001 just before that year’s tripartite election. He was appointed assistant legal counsel, a position he held for a while and was later appointed legal counsel in 2002. He was legal counsel till 2010 when he was appointed commission secretary. As Commission secretary, he heads the legal department and is in charge of the legal and secretary matters of the Commission. Mr Kamwi holds a Bachelor Degree in Law obtained from the University of Zambia and an MBA from Edith Cowan University of Australia.