We don’t need the mistrust – ECZ
Written by millennium on April 13, 2021
By KETRA KALUNGA
POLITICAL parties should not cry foul over the electoral process but invest in polling agents to monitor so that there is no unnecessary suspicion, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has said.
ECZ Chief Electoral Officer Patrick Shindano, said political parties especially, those that keep accusing it of wrong doing, should ensure they fully invest in their polling agents to avoid mistrust.
Mr. Nshindano said this when he featured on ZNBC’s Sunday Interview.
He emphasised the need for political parties to have enough polling agents because the electoral process was as transparent as the ballot box.
“Invest in your polling agents, this is very very important because the process is extremely transparent, you are working with a transparent ballot box, you will be seeing it filling and at the end of the day you will count together, we will close the poll together,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Nshindano said the ECZ has converted all streams into polling stations in a bid to enhance result management system.
He said the change might seem simple but was very significant in the tabulation of results because that has been one aspect of the electoral process which was the most contentious among political parties.
Mr. Nshindano said collecting election results from streams to polling stations brought a lot of confusion among political parties as they feared that the votes would be manipulated during the exercise.