CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
PRESIDENTIAL nominations for the August 11 tripartite elections have been set for June 6 to June 10, 2016, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has said.
And the ECZ registered over 1.5 million new voters.
ECZ chairperson Esau Chulu said during a stakeholdersâ€™ meeting in Lusaka yesterday that all candidates should ensure that their school qualifications are properly certified by the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ).
â€œFor now, we will be expecting people to file their Grade 12 certificates. We are going by the law. The ECZ will be responsible for verification and certification and they will be there to tell us what is the equivalent to a Grade 12 certificate,â€ Justice Chulu said.
He said supporters for presidential candidates will not be required to travel to Lusaka for verification but that this will be done at provincial centres where they will be screened.
He said the screening will be done based on the current votersâ€™ roll because the provisional roll would not have been verified at the time that the nominations will be done.
â€œTo help mitigate the cost that would have been borne by political parties by ferrying supporters to Lusaka, the commission will set up provincial offices that will receive the candidatesâ€™ registered supporters and the verification will be done there,â€ he said.
And Justice Chulu said the campaign period for the general elections will run from May 16 to August 10, and that Parliament is expected to be dissolved around May.
He said the new votersâ€™ roll will be inspected and that certification of the votersâ€™ register will take place on July 31.
The ECZ also said that it has recorded a total of 1,593,840 new voters of which 801,280 are female and 792,560 are male, representing 93 percent of the targeted 1.7 million new voters.
As of November 2014, there were 5,166,088 registered voters.
Justice Chulu said Southern and Lusaka provinces recorded more new voters, representing 117 percent and 106 percent of the targeted figure, respectively.
He said the current figures remain provisional until further verification of the register through removal of duplication, consideration of appeals and objections.
Justice Chulu noted that despite the closing of the mobile voter registration, the exercise has continued at the district level and that new voters will be given a seven-day ultimatum in which to verify their details before the final roll is published on July 31.
He added that the delimitation of six constituencies will begin in March and that the ECZ expects to receive submissions regarding the exercise during its district sittings.
This will increase the number of constituencies from 150 to 156.
CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka