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Zambia mulls e-voting

PRESIDENT Lungu says he has deliberated with some funding agencies to consider implementing the e-voting system in Zambia during general elections.
Mr Lungu said there is need to educate people on the importance of the electronic voting system to avoid differences among stakeholders as government considers to upgrade its voting methods.
“I was talking to some of our funding agencies about e-voting in Zambia but even if they agree to establish e-voting in Zambia, it will be met with resistance and violence if we don’t prepare the minds of people. We have to get people to agree that this thing works and we can rely on it,” the president said.
Mr Lungu said this when he addressed Zambians resident in Namibia on Saturday night here after witnessing the inauguration of Namibia’s new President Hage Geingob.
Namibia is one of the first African countries to have used the e-voting system during last year’s elections which enabled its citizens in the diaspora to vote in their respective countries of residence.
“I am aware that people resist new concepts and ideas because of what they have known before. Change inevitably attracts resistance because of lack of knowledge. So it’s also up to those who have the knowledge to educate us about the e-voting system,” President Lungu said.
And President Lungu has assured Zambians living in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) diaspora that he will address their complaints against the high cost of cross-border permits for foreign -registered vehicles into Zambia whenever they are visiting home.
The cross-border permit is said to be costing around K1,200 when crossing into Zambia but costs about K300 when heading to Namibia.
He said Government is also working at addressing challenges surrounding visa requirements when entering some countries.
On land allocation to Zambians living in the diaspora, Mr Lungu said he will engage the Minister of Lands to find a solution and enable those in the diaspora to have easy access to land in Zambia.
President Lungu said that land is every Zambian’s heritage and that all Zambians are entitled to own it.
“There is a lot of land in Zambia that we can own an acre each but some people are greedy and corrupt, and we have to fight this together,” he said.

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