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President Lungu says he respects the independence ECZ and will not interfere with its operations

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he and the ruling PF are also uncomfortable with some of the newly introduced voter registration methods but is restraining himself from commenting because his words maybe seen as interference in the operations of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).

And President Lungu says he respects the independence of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and will not interfere with its operations.

According to a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe, President Lungu said he has noted with concern insinuations from some quarters of society that he has directed the Electoral Commission of Zambia to abandon the current voters’ register and to introduce electronic voting in an effort to disadvantage the opposition in the 2021 elections.

He said the Electoral Commission of Zambia is an independent and autonomous Electoral Management Body, empowered under Act No. 35 of 2016 “to make regulations providing for the registration of voters and for the manner of conducting elections, among other functions.

He said that he will not sanction any acts that would usurp the powers of the Electoral Commission of Zambia.

And President Lungu said he finds it absurd that some citizens continue to accuse him of directing the ECZ to change voter registration methods to his and the ruling party’s advantage.

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President Edgar Chagwa Lungu appreciates role of Chiefs in Governance

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he prays that the collapsed Bill 10 will be resuscitated after the 2021 General Elections.
And President Lungu says he is concerned that some citizens only visit their chiefdoms when they want land.
Speaking when he met tradional leaders yesterday, President Lungu says he respects and treasures the role of  chiefs in the country and is commited  to improving their welfare.
“I appreciated the role traditional leader play in the country’s governance system. All of us belong to chiefdoms and we have a responsibility to respect our chiefs and respect them,” President Lungu said in a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe.
President Lungu said he also regrets that the Bill 10 which was supposed to revisit some laws meant to improve the welfare of traditional leaders collapsed.
“This is threatening the existence of our traditional leaders. We hope that after the election, we will resuscitate the Bill to bring sanity in the institution. In the meantime, we will continue to work together even with the short time of the tenure of office of the House of Chiefs,” said President Lungu.
(Picture by Salim Henry/State House)

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President Edgar Lungu receives credentials of three new ambassadors to Zambia

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has called on Diplomats accredited to Zambia to dedicate their time and energy to exploring and discovering more areas of mutual economic interest and cooperation.

Speaking when he received letter of credence from the Ambassadors accredited to Zambia, at State House yesterday, President Lungu assured the diplomats that this government is keen to develop new areas of cooperation with other countries in various sectors of mutual interest.

“I wish to heartily congratulate your Excellencies, on your appointments as Ambassadors accredited to Zambia. Allow me to accept your letters of credence,” President Lungu said.

“Your excellencies, although the world economy is still grappling with the negative effects of the covid-19 pandemic, my government is keen to develop new areas of cooperation with your respective countries in various sectors of mutual interest.”

President Lungu also assured the diplomats of his government’s support and cooperation as they carry out their duties in Zambia.

The Diplomats who presented their letters of Credence to President Lungu were: Mr. Ali Abdullah Salim Al Mahruqi, Ambassador designate of the Sultanate of Oman Mrs. Charity Charamba, Ambassador designate of the Republic of Zimbabwe Mr Francois Goldbiatt, Ambassador designate of the Republic of France.

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The image of alleged under-age person registered as a voter is staged, ECZ says

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THE  Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says it is aware of the images and information circulating on social-media of the alleged under-age person registered as a voter.
ECZ acting Public Relations Manager Sylvia Bwalya has told Mwebantu in a statement that preliminary investigations indicate that the images are staged.
She said the Commission is still
investigating the matter and will inform the public on the findings of the case.
Ms Bwalya explained that the requirements for one to register as a voter are that one must be a Zambian citizen of 18 years and above and in possession of a green National Registration
Card.
She said anyone who does not meet the requirements and attempts to register as a voter commits an offence which is liable for prosecution.
“The Commission therefore calls on the public to desist from such vices and report
anyone found attempting to perform any illegality, to the Commission or the
nearest police station,” she said.

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