No we are not rigging for PF, ECZ responds to Watchdog revelations

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ZANIS—The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has refuted a story published by an online publication, the Zambian Watchdog, suggesting that the ongoing continuous voter registration exercise was aimed at rigging elections in favour of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).

ECZ Public Relation Manager Crispin Akufuna said electoral regulations of 2010 section 10 (1) on the registration of voters’ state that, a person who has attained the age of 18 years may apply to be registered as a voter to the registration officer for the polling district in which the applicant ordinarily resides.

“This therefore means that one can only register where he is resident and registration officers are duty bound to ensure that the law is followed as stated,” he explained.

He said this in a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today.

He noted that it was misleading for the Zambian Watchdog to suggest that a political party, ruling or the opposition, can shift their members to register in areas where there are by-election at anytime and anyplace.

Mr. Akufuna said the suggestion that this formula was widely used during the Mufumbwe by-elections and various wards across the country is farfetched as can be attested by voter registration records available at the commission.

He added that according to the records, the commission did not receive any new application to register, amend particulars or even transfer in the last by election in Mufumbwe and local Government by elections.

He said as for the fourth coming by elections, only Muchinga ward in Matero constituency registered two new voters and five updates.

Mr. Akufuna further said in Livingstone in Southern Province, there was only one new registration adding that there are no changes to the register of voters in Mpongwe constituency in the Copperbelt province and other wards where by-election will be held.

He advised the public that the suspension of the voter registration whenever there are by-elections was in accordance with the law and not a response to any perceived scheme.

Mr. Akufuna said the commission will also ensure that the register which was used in 2011 is used in the forthcoming elections.

ZANIS

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30 Responses to No we are not rigging for PF, ECZ responds to Watchdog revelations

  1. but why do hv only one so called continuous registration centre?

    MEMBE - January 10, 2013
    08:20

  2. My question to akufuna is, was he dooing to agree if the whole thing was true? The answer is know. Its this reason that the opposition should not relay on akufuna’s response but close monitering will be the only solution

    mbala maafia - January 10, 2013
    06:45

  3. Fuck ecz fuck pf fuck upnd fuck mmd fuck police fuck you ig police fuck obama fuck rupiah band and fuck you all if u want arrest me on 0977????? Fuck you bull shit you have killd zambia nowender I fuckd your wife when you went on nation duty for so called goverment an untill I give her a child she is swty am fucking badly she tells me your dick is small . Before fucking I drink congo dust

    kangwe edwared - January 10, 2013
    05:50

    • …..must be from Chilubi, go to the hospital before its too late mam.

      Army worm - January 10, 2013
      07:53

      • I am sure you meant Chainama Hospital

        John B - January 10, 2013
        08:37

  4. Yu can’t rig elections at registration as parties hv register old and up date research on the voting process let the man rule

    jamboli - January 10, 2013
    04:00

    • A person who was registered and voted in Mufumbwe in the last General Elections, can he not register and vote in Livingstone if he is now a resident of Livingstone? People relocate to anywhere and at any time.

      Richard - January 10, 2013
      08:37

  5. No sane person working at ECZ can come to the media and say yes we are rigging. I don’t belive Mr Akufuna especially he has agreed their are new registrations in the cited constiencie

    Anecho - January 10, 2013
    03:06

  6. We must all go out there in Livingstone and Mpongwe and ask people to say no to dictatorship and one party police state by not casting a single vote for PF. Lets help opposition in guarding these votes in these two areas. Lets not demand payments because this battle belongs to all of us. Those living near the poling stations pliz feed the electoral agents for UPND and MMD. Democracy is at a great risky of dying under PF. They dont simply care!

    Book worm - January 9, 2013
    23:30

  7. Am happy that these guys go through the ZWD,cause am sure they know one likes them pf o ecz.

    Big Man - January 9, 2013
    22:30

  8. U guyz u make my day….

    Fair Zambian - January 9, 2013
    22:03

  9. Akufuna is lying – even idiots at ECZ know thae he talking bullshit! When is this retard going to be replaced? Why tell lies to the public?

    Johane - January 9, 2013
    21:23

  10. Let us be a united zambia,remaing peaceful as we hav bn.

    Kachman - January 9, 2013
    21:18

  11. idiots

    inspector - January 9, 2013
    20:59

  12. What is the comment of Akufuna on the 2001 elections which ECZ rigged onbehalf of MMD’s Levy Mwanawasa denying Mr. Anderson Kambela Mazoka victory? Is it not the same ECZ? So what clean is he trying to play? Only a fool like him can believe his stories that ECZ can not play dirty games on behalf of the Ruling Party.
    As long as ECZ Heads and tails were appointed by the sitting President the Chikommission will never be seen to be upright. And if MMD wanted to twist things in the last elections, they could have done so using the same chi ECZ, but alas, the “BIG BROTHER WAS WATCHING”

    inspector - January 9, 2013
    20:57

  13. MMD knos how ts done better they started ds they can help to prvnt it if ts true.

    Pungwa - January 9, 2013
    20:44

  14. Bloggers the answer by Akufuna cannot be believed as by now all are PF cadres, opposition & NGOs please verify as for sure some voters have already shifted to Kabwata.
    Again the old Kwacha under senior PF cadres Dr Gondwe & Bwalya Ng,andu at Bank Of Zambia may be recycling already into hands of PF cadres. This money may be the one putting pressure on the Dollar hence weakening the Kwacha which is a pointer to super inflation due to increasing money supply. Destruction of old currency must be supervised by a combined team including opposition parties.

    Analysit - January 9, 2013
    19:18

  15. When did this continuous registration start? Was it suspended in case of the Mufumbwe, Livingstone, Muchinga and Chama by-elections? If not, why now? Is it possible for one to change his residence for three months and change back after a by-election?

    Some-Of-Us - January 9, 2013
    19:07

  16. ECZ was accused of rigging fo the MMD.if it was true,then MMD knows how its done and they wil move to expose and prevent rigging. But when u wil bark like a watchdog which has seen the shadow of an owl,no upright people wil take u serious.

    SOJO - January 9, 2013
    18:57

  17. Thats fake

    kopala 1 - January 9, 2013
    17:28

  18. The monkeys operating under the guise of ECZ staff were actually discovered in the act of eating maize in the nation’s garden and expopsed. As usual these bakolwe, babongwe, bakacheta, under the protection of bachimbwi, insist that they were merely feasting in the Garden of Eden, yet this holy garden is now part of an Arab territory.

    Mambwe - January 9, 2013
    17:09

  19. remember that zambia is for all zambians,and for PF only nooooooo.careful you guys.

    GAMACUULU - January 9, 2013
    17:03

  20. The Zambian illuminati is watching you imwe bafintu!

    Ku Masangalatoni--Lekeni HH ateke - January 9, 2013
    16:58

  21. ECZ can not accept thez findins becoz they are used to favor the ruling party. only RB told them to publish results according to the will of the pipo but for mfumbwe they rigged in favor of pf as pf carried their cadres from CB, LSK and Central in tracks and minibuses and had even an accident on the way. also sata and pf has been breaking the electoral code of ethics all the time and ECZ is quiet. ECZ fears deregistration by Andelaki if they go against wishes of pf

    lubi - January 9, 2013
    16:48

  22. Opposition political parties must not stay put based on this response. They should verify by physically checking and counterchecking the records at ECZ. I find the response from Akufuna weak which may be a sign of being caught pants down.

    Bob - January 9, 2013
    16:38

  23. They helped Mwanawasa to win against Mazoka.What else can say about ECZ.Useless,they can,t bite.

    magobbo - January 9, 2013
    16:34

  24. ECZ is discredited and even the current pf never trusted it and it had to take very vigilance from pf to ensure the ballot was not completely stolen. Today nothing has changed only the players, still the same organisation that failed lamentably to inspire confidence.

    Suggestor - January 9, 2013
    16:33

  25. ZAMBIA ,MY BELOVED COUNTRY. MAY GOD ALMIGHT PREVAIL IN ALL SITUATIONS.

    bornagain - January 9, 2013
    16:21

  26. But the unfortunate thing is that, there has never been and will never be any time ECZ have or will accept any allegations. Always, they are “clean”. If it was true that they help the ruling party to win, would they have accepted anyway? To lose legitimacy? My foot!

    Mubanga - January 9, 2013
    16:20

    • well said

      Suggestor - January 9, 2013
      16:35