Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Zambia: District Commissioners are imposing names of election staff-Electoral body

The Electoral Commissioner of Zambia has said some District Commissioners are imposing lists of names on Electoral Officers for recruitment as poll staff in the forthcoming Presidential elections.

ECZ Acting Chella ECZDirector Chomba Chella in a statement to QFM News said the Commission is disappointed with this act.Mr Chella said all Councils had publicized shortlists of candidates from 2nd to 5th January 2015, and that it was during this period that concerned citizens were expected to raise objections.

He said the period has elapsed, and that the Commission will not entertain any objections pertaining to the recruitment of poll staff considering that training of poll staff has since commenced and will be conducted from 7th to 9th January,2015.

Mr Chella has since appealed to all District Electoral Officers and Returning Officers to remain non-partisan as provided for in the electoral act.
He has further urged all Electoral officers to operate in a professional and transparent manner.

Mr Chella said the Commission will not hesitate to revoke the appointment of any officer who may be going against the law and expected conduct in the discharge of their duties.

-Lusaka Times

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