PF’s dirty rigging scheme finally unearthed

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MasumbaA serious loophole in the electoral process has been unearthed in which the ruling PF has massively capitalised for rigging through the on-going continuous voter registration exercise at Show Grounds in Lusaka.

Senior PF government officials and months of Watchdog investigations has revealed that with the law allowing anyone to register, update, or replace voters cards, the ruling PF has been shifting their paid loyal members from one ward or constituency to wherever a bye-election will be held and beef-up numbers.

Sources close to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) also detected and confirmed a serious trend where many people showed interest to update their voter’s credentials from one polling station to places where bye-elections will be held as this is allowed.

This rigging formula was massively used during the last bye-elections in Mufumbwe and various wards across the country that saw PF ferry a lot of their members mainly from Lusaka and Copperbelt to go and vote in other places, particularly in Mufumbwe constituency and the wards in the country.

As a counter measure, ECZ yesterday put up an advert in state owned Zambia Daily Mail page 3 announcing suspension of continuous voters registration exercise in places where elections will be taking place.

But even then, this measure will, from now, only apply when a date for a bye election has been announced in a particular area, meaning anyone is still legally allowed to shift their voting point from say Mandevu constituency in Lusaka to Livingstone constituency and be eligible to vote in the forth coming bye-election.

Watchdog investigations have also revealed that even with this ECZ measure, the ruling party still has an upper hand because being the people controlling the system, they will always know where a bye-election will soon be taking place and beef-up their numbers.

Sources gave an a example of a situation where a member of parliament or councillor can be bribed and told to keep quiet until there are enough numbers in the area before he announces resignation as was the case with Livingstone’s Howard Sikwela.

If the opposition political parties have one or two intelligent people in their ranks, we challenge them to compare and scrutinise the voters registers that were used in September 2011 elections and the ones being used now in detail.

Some of the opposition political members spoken to expressed total ignorance as they thought the changes in the voters registers through the on-going continuous voters registration exercise at Lusaka Show grounds will only be effected in 2016 general elections.

But as the ECZ advert confirms, the continuous updates are with immediate effect and someone is legally eligible to change as many times as possible and qualify to vote anywhere.

The opposition parties spoken to confessed that even if they were to participate in this dirty electoral scheme, they cannot match the financial and logistical muscle enjoyed by the ruling party to run such an operation.

In the last bye-elections, the ruling PF scooped Mufumbwe constituency and 12 out of the 14 ward by-elections in what president Michael Sata boasted that his party had continued gaining popularity as the only party with a national character and appeal.

“Indeed, the PF has gained incredible ground in North-Western, Western, Eastern and Central provinces. The recent victories in Chavuma, Luena, Petauke, Muchinga, Rufunsa, Chibombo and many others; are a clear testimony of this rapid progression,” President Sata said.

The ruling party has also taken advantage of the usual voter apathy that characterize bye-elections to use this dirty scheme combined with bribery.

 

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108 Responses to PF’s dirty rigging scheme finally unearthed

  1. The MP who lost in Mufumbwe has been advised to scrutinise the September, 2011 voters register with one used recently, after which he should petition the results in the High Court. Masumba cannot win elections.

    Jeanne Uwamahoro - January 8, 2013
    15:09

  2. Then why accuse Lubinda of leaking info when it is State House that is actively doing so? Kabimba, the people you need to discipline are at state house.

    readbeforeyouwrite - January 8, 2013
    07:32

  3. I urge the people to be vigilant in the respective constiuences.

    The cosmetic popularity has been busted.

    Just surprised how a known ‘crook’ won in Mufumbwe.

    Koma Kaya Mwee!!! - January 8, 2013
    07:27

  4. For those who love Zambia, and not just access to cashing govt cheques, it really pains to read stories such as this from the Post (Monday 07 January 2013):

    ” … In an interview, Namulambe, who recently resigned as MMD Mpongwe member of parliament to join PF, said the opposition in the constituency was non-existent.
    “They will have difficulties even selecting candidates to stand on their tickets because most of the prominent people from Mpongwe have crossed over to PF,” Namulambe said.

    He said the people of Mpongwe wanted development and that this could only be realised by working with the government of the day.”

    What kind of politician is this? Who says being in opposition is anti-development or indeed anti-Zambia when the opposition is credibly provided for in our constitution to ensure the much needed checks and balances on the government of the day? And who says being in opposition is being against government?? Clearly, if this once supposedly honourable gentleman is correctly quoted, then there must be a lot missing from him to justify being entrusted with the people’s resources. I hope and look forward to hearing that he has been misquoted.

    Zambia is made to bleed profusely to abject poverty because governance systems are allowed to be raped while citizens turn a blind eye. It is hight time we not only said No, no, no to mediocrity, but most importantly also chased away all sources of such mediocrity from governance establishmenmts.

    Very Concerned Patriot.

    Patriot Zambian - January 7, 2013
    14:56

  5. this country has been sold to satan himself and the worst is yet to happen

    lubi - January 7, 2013
    12:51

  6. we are finished.

    abyei - January 7, 2013
    10:55

  7. Ba sata please dont harm this country any further it will be very costly to reverse what you are doing to this country.Please Please Ba sata twapapata sana.

    Some people will never see things beyond thier bellies.When you move in the streets at least 7 out of 10 people are complaining about your brutal dictatorship.

    What ever you do you and your party will not remain in power for ever,remember Idi Amin,Hitler, they are no longer there.

    shimpundu ponopono - January 7, 2013
    10:11

  8. This is really sad no wonder PF is happier each time there are bye elections. Days are numbered

    Sir Victor Aliwatsons - January 7, 2013
    09:48

  9. Ubuchenjeshi bwa Nkoko,Pungwa tasakamana.UNIP Did what they cud to Remain in Power but time Came and they were booted out.MMD did the same and time came,PF Do what you can but Note that (akampeshi)Tìme is and will always be the greatest Healer.You will equally be booted out.

    hittler - January 7, 2013
    09:24

  10. idiots..they will not win Livingstone this time around still..watch the space..we want principled people..

    CNP-4U - January 7, 2013
    08:15

  11. another way is by ‘buying’ voters’ documents in the respective areas, then give to potted individuals and corrupt key polling officials to ignore the faces!

    'e' the independent f(x) - January 7, 2013
    07:13

  12. i determined how they were rigging like that way, way back, but i had issues with how they fitted new names in old registers. i explained to a number people this,

    'e' the independent f(x) - January 7, 2013
    07:02

  13. i dont think i will eva voter in my lyf its realy useless to vote…..some mangwamz thot rulilng a household can b compared to ruling a nation shaaaaam on you chimu……..ata……..fuseke…..

    rubbish - January 7, 2013
    05:41

  14. eeeh aisha

    mumbuna kufekisa - January 7, 2013
    04:33

  15. uko elyo lwanya god help us

    peace preacha - January 6, 2013
    21:28

  16. No mata what 2016 is for HH not the old man, he ll go with his useless coin

    Muntu - January 6, 2013
    19:51

  17. If this is true then its free for all including the opposition so why complain just use it as well. Stop being cry babies.

    oga - January 6, 2013
    18:56

    • Yes let the opposition shift to mpongwe, livingstone etc

      panono panono - January 6, 2013
      19:29

      • Yes thats democracy

        Wenye - January 7, 2013
        06:29

    • how on earth will the opposition parties know there will be a by-election unless the announcement is made by the ruling party? think people think!!

      zambian - January 7, 2013
      07:55

      • By elections are caused by people in the wards,constituencies where each political party is represented by established structures and hence should be able to know who is going to resign or where a by-election is to held

        The Academician - January 7, 2013
        09:37

  18. Any dirty schemes linked to the breaking of the electoral laws are deemed to be punishable by the Courts of Law. The big question is: If any party embarks on dirty schemes to rig the elections, which Institution as mandated by our Constitution can prescribe charges to bring such offending party to the Courts of Law? However, if we casually examine the calibre of the Minister of Justice, the DPP. the Attorney General and other elements assembled to administer the Ministry of Justice, we wonder whether the rule of Law can be upheld in Zambia under the present foggy climate.

    Mambwe - January 6, 2013
    18:01

  19. the best way to stay in power as a ruling party is simple work for the people this scheme costs billions of kwacha well millions in the new currency that money should be driven towards development…..

    Likman666 - January 6, 2013
    17:40

  20. I like the way public officers in the US are subjected to credibility and integrity tests before being given offices. We need to adopted this kind of approach next time.

    Kafwimbi - January 6, 2013
    17:09

  21. The people of Zambia will rise to this nonsense and these politicians that think they are untouchable will get what they deserve. Nothing last forever! Lets circulate this report to every Zambian so they can know what is going on.

    Democrat - January 6, 2013
    16:58

  22. This explains it…I never believed PF was more popular in Mufumbwe.

    Kantolo - January 6, 2013
    15:56

  23. Yaba, iyi iliko bad. This is a very serious eye opener for opposition. The key is to come to your senses, shed off any iota of pride and do the most sensible thing: UNITE. Apart from that like others have suggested before me, employ all known strategies like PF’s own PVT and others. It is not easy for PF to win an election right now without tricks. They have not expelled Given only because they are still beefing up their number on the roll. The only problem is that we are dealing with a group of people who will not sit at a round table to talk sense.(PF) for them, it is confrontation all the way. It’s also very easy to see who is behind all this. God come help us!

    Sindiso - January 6, 2013
    15:18

  24. These pf politician nimatuvi chabe yabantu.
    Why can’t we just organize ourselves and don’t vote !!!

    Sata's dog selling son Mulenga Sata. - January 6, 2013
    15:05

  25. Why do you people vote ?
    What profit or benefit do you get from voting or these politician ?
    Using your own transport,energy etc. but at the end of the day the same politician steal your votes,
    period !!!!!

    We should just unite and no one should go and vote ,to teach them a lesson that the voters are the most important people.
    I’ll never vote for a minion who doesn’t care for my vote. BLOODY BASKET POLITICIAN

    Sata's dog selling son Mulenga Sata. - January 6, 2013
    14:53