By ANTONIO MWANZA
On 18th September, 2020, The Electoral Commission of Zambia introduced the Online Pre-Voter Registration.
Since the release, the Opposition and their surrogates have long gone to the town crying homicide, accusing ECZ of seeking to rig elections in additional of the Patriotic Front.
Let us debunk the rigging delusion:
1. There is NO on-line Voter Registration that ECZ is accomplishing. What ECZ is doing is PRE-Voter registration and NOT voter registration.
The Online- Voter Pre-registration isn’t a last registration. All those that will pre-register on-line will likely be required to talk over with a bodily Registration Centre to publish their biometrics (portrait, signature, finger/thumb prints), have their main points verified and procure a electorate card.
2. Those who would possibly not have get right of entry to to web to allow them to pre-register on-line can talk over with any registration centre to sign up and procure their Voters Cards.
The Online Voter Pre-Registration is handy as those that will preregister on-line will likely be anticipated to spend much less time at registration centres.
Article 229 of the Constitution of Zambia and the Electoral Process Act No.35 of 2016 empowers the Electoral Commission of Zambia to sign up electorate, organize and administer all nationwide elections.
Instead of demonising ECZ with unwarranted and unsubstantiated claims of rigging, the Opposition and their surrogates should as a substitute lend a hand ECZ via encouraging all their individuals and the overall citizenry to head flat out and sign up as electorate.
It isn’t the activity of ECZ to lend a hand someone win an election. ECZ exists to behavior elections to not help political events win elections. It is the accountability of particular person applicants and events to canvass for votes and win elections.
The Opposition is making ready excuses for his or her imminent 2021 defeat they usually need to use ECZ as a scapegoat for his or her coming near near loss via discrediting ECZ.