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.
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu appreciates role of Chiefs in Governance
President Edgar Lungu receives credentials of three new ambassadors to Zambia
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.